Teens get paid work experience in the new Santa Maria youth center market

SANTA MARIA, Calif .– Teens get paid to learn new work skills at the new McClelland Street Cafe in Santa Maria.

“I am very excited because the work here is very good… I have the best colleagues… and I
I have a good time working and I really like it, ”said participant Mismarck Medina of the Job Exploration Program.

High school students learn skills like cash register, cooking and retailing.

“Yes, it is really worth it and we also get some pennies … they
are actually paying quite well here and … they’re actually getting pretty clear
instructions, ”said Angel Ramirez, a participant in the job exploration program.

Another benefit of working at the daycare is that participants who complete the program earn a food handler diploma.

“We’re halfway through the program, so now that they’ve finished all
training … now we move on to them alone exercising what they have
learned … by performing these skills … and we hope they can put them to use in
future employment, ”said Coordinator David Rodriguez of the Mayor’s Youth Safety Task Force.

The program was created in partnership with the Santa Maria Rec and Parks
Ministry and Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety.

“This job means a lot to me… it adds a lot to my life, it taught me so much
a lot of stuff and all of that is a really good experience, ”said Justin Jacobs, Job Exploration Program Participant.

If you weren’t able to attend this session, don’t worry.

Another opportunity will present itself in January.

“We had a cohort of five students for a 12 week program… we will repeat the
program in January… because it was a great success, ”said Rodriguez.

“When I interview for another job, they … I might actually put
this work in the description… and they will call my supervisor…
and he’s going to explain how good I was, ”Ramirez said.

The program takes place during the week from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

For more information on how to register for the next session, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 805-925-0951, ext. 2260.

The Abel Maldonado Youth Community Center and McClelland Street Market are located at 600 S. McClelland St.

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