A collaborative project among
HSJP focuses on developing life and work skills that are necessary for success in the workplace, exposing area youth to potential career pathways, and connecting youth with mentors. The program expands access to high quality summer work experiences for Helena area high school students. Participating area businesses and community organizations help strengthen the local economy by connecting youth to meaningful work experiences in the Helena area.
About Our Program
HSJP participants are motivated high school age youth and recent graduates (16-19 years old) seeking career exploration or employment opportunities. The program connects youth with summer job or internship opportunities,, during a window between mid-June and mid-August. Participating employers agree to provide a paid position in a safe, productive work environment and student participants agree to prioritize their work experience during this window. The HSJP program will provide student participants with (1) a work skills training that will establish fundamental work practices that lead to success in the workplace, and (2) a local mentor who will, through regular meetings, help the student reflect on their work experiences and explore career options.
"I gained some wonderful councilors through the program."
- Kait Perrodin, City of Helena Parks & Recreation
"[Participating in HSJP] was a terrific experience and additional resource."
- John Doran, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
"Our student is staying on with us until January when she heads off to college. She has been an exceptional placement. Thank you!!!!"
- Michelle Robinson, Sage & Oats Trading Post
"It was a good way to find willing employees and develop our mentor program in the store."
- Ed Beall, Capital Sports
"[HSJP is a ] very rewarding investment by the employer."
- Brock Tessman, OCHE, Montana University System
"What I hear most as an employer, a Chamber of Commerce Board Member and a consumer in Helena, is the frustration with a lack of workforce. Often, openings for jobs are posted for weeks before we get any applicants at all. As a customer based business, it is important for me to have staff to serve our guests and the Helena Summer Jobs Program provided me with that opportunity. Being involved in the Helena Summer Jobs Program was a game changer this summer. Not only did we get to work with two amazing young people, but it opened up training opportunities for our other staff members. The energy and positivity the students brought to our workplace created a space that made us all better and we are so lucky to have participated in the program. For me, personally, the program not only provided me with a chance to share an industry that has been near and dear to my heart since I was 15 but also a chance to work with kids who had fire in their belly and wanted to improve every day. It was inspiring! I am so grateful to the Helena Summer Jobs Program for an amazing and successful summer and can’t wait to participate again."
- Callie Aschim, Home2 Suites by Hilton Helena
"We utilized our high school intern students last summer to help us create 3D visual representations of two existing buildings and one redevelopment sites within Helena. Those designs have continued to be useful for us as we work with existing owners and potential new owners. The students’ work has helped us provide a better package of what’s available in our real estate market for potential buyers. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the summer jobs program."
- Brian Obert, MBAC