VIDEO: Job Fair Brings Opportunities to 43 Teens
Teens say they appreciate help with jobs
By Helen Silvis of The Skanner News
June 20, 2011A job fair for youth, Saturday, at Seeznin’s Sport Bar on 82nd Avenue, served 43 teens aged 14 to 19, looking for work opportunities this summer. Organized by Joyce Olivo of Good Tymez Entertainment and Keeara Taylor of 360 Degrees Unlimited, the event brought in two dozen volunteer partners, who offered a range of resources. The Skanner News Video: Jaquan and Ade speak about the fair.
Through donations from Troy Tate, DJ House, and J Riss of the website Streetbeat, with help from Multnomah County, 22 young people were able to get food handlers cards. Nine adults signed up to mentor teens. One teen was hired on the spot to help with the PAL summer activities program.
Several teens told The Skanner News they were hopeful that they would now be more employable.
Nyla Moore of the African American Health Coalition, Fahiym Acuay of Pacific Power and child advocate Diana Elizabeth helped with resumes and applications.
Chantell Fitz-Amado of Providence Health and Damon Miller, Police Activities League summer camp director, helped teens practice their interviewing skills. Business owner, Troy Tate; military officer Gloria Jones; nurse Jasmine Coleman; banker Andreas, Francisco Ianni of the Red Cross and Natalie Whitlock of Portland Youthbuilders offered career advice and information. Demarques Singleton of Mercedes Vision offered help with vision checks and glasses.
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Three of the teens who attended; an unidentified girl with Jaquan Jenkins and Ade Jones (let us know if you know the girl's name please)
Sam Thompson and Joyce Olivo
Shakeena Richmond, Sarina Simpson of Lifeworks, Quinice Jenkins and Marilyn Lindsay were among more than a dozen volunteers who made the job fair a success