CareerSource to offer leadership camp, internships for county youth

CareerSource Gulf County is sponsoring several opportunities for county youth to build their leadership or employment skills this upcoming summer, including a five-week summer camp and various internship possibilities.

Their summer leadership day camp, which is open to youth ages 4 to 14, begins June 13 and runs through July 22. It is free of cost and includes activities such as playtime, field trips, crafts, outdoor recreation, organized activities, nutritious meals and more.

For the county’s older youth, CareerSource is accepting applications for paid interns aged 15 through 24.

Interns will serve in summer camp positions as well as in several roles throughout the community.

“They’re teaching them skills that will help them find future employment and internships, said Billie J. Sanders, a team leader for the Community Action Team program, who are working with CareerSource and Pioneer Bay to increase mentorship and opportunities for GUlf County’s youth.

CareerSource is seeking interns who are motivated, have residence in Gulf County, are not in school over the summer and can work the schedule set by the employer.

Interns will be required to attend a training from June 4 to June 10 before receiving either a full-time or a part-time placement. They will be paid via a weekly stipend, and they will attend professional development courses every Friday.

The goal of both the summer camp and the internship program, representatives from CareerSource say, is to help Gulf County youth master the technical and career-readiness skills required to be successful in the workplace.

“We are promoting professional development and entry into the workforce through the program, ” said Lianna Sagins, a special project coordinator from CareerSource. “We have plenty of spots available in both the internship program and the summer camp.”

For more information about the summer camp or to enroll your child for the program, please contact 8507301440 or visit CareerSource at 307 Peters Street in Port St. Joe.

If you are interested in being an intern, contact Lianna Sagins at 8507301440 ext. 8131 or email [email protected].

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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