11-19-2017  7:53 pm      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

Multnomah County Animal Services Waives Adoption Fees Nov. 17

Special runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ...

Fitzpatrick Presents 'Pathway 1000' Plan Before City Council

Plan would restore involuntary displacement by building 80 homes per year ...

Sisters Network to Hold Monthly Meeting Nov. 11

Meeting to take place Saturday morning at June Key Delta Center ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Claire Ion Special to The Skanner News

TriMet partnered with the SummerWorks program for the first time this summer, sponsoring 30 jobs for high-risk teens. Twenty-three of the teens worked at TriMet doing a variety of jobs ranging from office work to field work in the community. Areas of work included public affairs, outreach, customer service, operations and maintenance, diversity and transit equity, and planning and policy.

"It's our goal to make sure our workforce reflects the populations we serve," says Johnell Bell, TriMet Director of Diversity and Transit Equity. "TriMet is just one partner of a regional effort in the city of Portland, Multnomah County, the Department of Health and Human Services, all with the end goal in mind—to provide opportunities for young people in the summertime."

According to a survey done by the Employment Policies Institute in May, 2013, Oregon is the eighth worst state in the country for teen unemployment, with only 24 percent of teens working. For African American teens the employment rate is 41.6 percent.

"At first I was apprehensive about doing bike counts and working in TriMet's Planning and Policy department, but everyone here actually cares about us interns and are always willing to help whenever I have questions," says Kasacia Blacknall, an 18-year-old attending PCC and PSU in the fall. "In general, I feel like I am a part of the TriMet family."

Blacknall worked multiple jobs this summer to prepare financially for school, but her internship with TriMet meant the most to her. "Not very many high school grads can say that they landed an internship with the biggest public transportation company in Oregon, and it's a paid internship!" She said she learned how TriMet operates and serves its customers as well as some life skills including time management and public speaking. "TriMet has given me the chance to meet and network with people that I believe will help me in my future endeavors."   

SummerWorks, a program of WorkSystems, Inc., helps at risk teens stay engaged while not in school through summer jobs. SummerWorks staff understands that youth need opportunities to learn critical workplace skills that can only come through real-work experience. They provide work-readiness training prior to placement and screening and matching youth to jobs. The organization's staff also provides coaching and networking opportunities to further the youths' summer experience. For many of these teens, it is their first job and they are eager to learn, not to mention receive their first hard earned paycheck.

 

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