The local high school juniors and seniors who have decided to enroll for the Apopka Youth Works summer career education program for this year will be getting introductory class on Tuesday, which will be covering financial literacy.
The City of Apopka has partnered with CareerSource Central Florida, CFE Federal Credit Union and Bank of America to help educate the AYW participants on smart spending habits and money management. The event will let kids play games, as well as give them the chance to win prizes. The students will also be treated to a meal. The event will start at 4:30PM on Tuesday and this will commence at the Apopka Community Center, 519 S. Central Ave.
There will be about 100 students from the Apopka area school who will be included in the Apopka Youth Works. Most of them will be working for seven weeks this summer and will be dispatched at different local businesses where they will be earning weekly paychecks while learning employment skills. They will be paid through Apopka Youth Works. There are ten AYW students from Apopka High School who chose to enrol in the ten-week educational program so that they could earn a certification in emergency medical technician.
Aside from the fact that this will allow the kids to learn career skills and help them gain on-the-job experience, the kids will also get to experience firsthand how to earn and manage their own paychecks. It is expected that the event this Tuesday will be fun-filled. The official start of the Apopka Youth Works will be on June 5th.
For the first week, Apopka Youth Works and Valencia College will be teaching some of the essential skills for employment such as dressing, performing at work, and writing a resume.
The students will be given their own bank accounts and they will be receiving their paychecks in these. They will also be taught on how to monitor their accounts online. By the end of the summer, Apopka Yith Works will be giving an award to the student with the highest savings. The students will also receive online computer training through the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Dollarwise program.
There were more than 300 students who applied for Apopka Youth Works earlier this year. They were interviewed to help determine their eligibility.