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American Jobs for America’s Youth
P.O. Box 923 • Helena, Montana 59624​

info@americanjobs4youth.org

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Helena Summer Jobs Program

A collaborative project between
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Employers

Learn more about and apply to become a Host Employer for HSJP Summer 2020.

Students

Learn more about and apply to join the HSJP as a Summer 2020 Student Participant.

Parents

Learn more about the HSJP and why your student should consider participating.

Mentors

Learn more about and apply to join HSJP as a mentor.

sample of Summer 2020 employers

Purpose

The purpose of the HSJP is to expand access to high quality early work experiences in the summer for Helena area high school students. The program will focus 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. Participating area businesses and community organizations will 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 will connect youth with various summer work opportunities, including job placement or internships, during a window between mid-June and early August, 2020. 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 pre-placement training workshop that will establish fundamental work practices that lead to success in the workplace, and (2) a local mentor who will, through weekly meetings, help the student process their work experience and how they might pursue various career pathways.

Sample of SUMMER 2019 Employer TESTIMONIALS

"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

 

Information for employers 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Host Employer with the Helena Summer Jobs Program (HSJP)!

Through the participation of public and private-sector employers, HSJP student participants will have access to high-quality early work experiences in the Helena area, providing them with valuable life and work skills. Students will build deeper connections with the local economy and have opportunities to explore potential career pathways.

HSJP Placements:

  • HSJP placements run from mid June to August 2020. During this timeframe, HSJP requires students to prioritize their HSJP work experience for at least six weeks.

  • Students will average at least 25 hours/week for a minimum of 150 hours.

  • Students will be paid a minimum rate of $9.00 per hour.

  • Students will meet with a mentor weekly.

  • HSJP cannot guarantee internship or job placement, due to applicant availability or qualifications.

What are the benefits to Host Employers?

  • A pre-screened student who holds a Career Readiness Training Certification

  • Direct support and monitoring of the student through regular communication with HSJP staff and affiliates

  • An opportunity to train future employees

  • A mentor facilitating the student’s professional and personal development

  • A chance to give back to the community by creating a meaningful experience in the life of a young person

 

What is the main role of a Host Employer?

  • Identify a supervisor who will be able to devote sufficient time to the student to provide training, guidance, and feedback

  • Where possible, identify a non-supervisory mentor within the organization that can attend an AJAY training and meet with the student weekly

  • Conduct one pre-placement interview with prospective employee.

  • Provide background checks, drug tests, orientation or job-specific training where required

  • Offer student participants a minimum of 25 hours/week for at least six weeks during the summer (see date window above) at a rate of at least $9.00/hour

  • Complete two HSJP evaluations regarding student performance and employer experience

More detailed information can be found in the Prospective Host Employer Packet.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a host employer for summer 2020.

 

please submit your interest form here.

 

Information for Students 

HSJP Placements:

  • HSJP placements run from June-August 2020. During this timeframe, HSJP requires students to prioritize their HSJP work experience for at least six weeks.

  • Students will average at least 25 hours/week for a minimum of 150 hours.

  • Students will be paid a minimum rate of $9.00 per hour.

  • Students will meet with a mentor weekly

  • HSJP cannot guarantee internship or job placement, due to applicant availability or qualifications.

 

Applying youth must:

  • Have a current photo ID and a Social Security number.

  • Complete an online application, complete an HSJP interview and attend the pre-placement training workshop.

  • Be 16-19 years old (for priority placement).

  • Successfully pass a drug screening and background check, if required by their host employer.

  • Have transportation to the job site.

Apply Here

 

The priority application period has closed. Applications submitted now will be added to the wait list.

 

Information for Parents 

 "The summer internship for my son was great. I feel it has been a positive experience and he is getting excited about college next year. Thank you."
- Parent of Summer 2019 HSJP Student Participant

HSJP Placements:

  • HSJP placements run from mid June to August 2020. During this timeframe, HSJP requires students to prioritize their HSJP work experience for at least six weeks.

  • Students will average at least 25 hours/week for a minimum of 150 hours.

  • Students will be paid a minimum rate of $9.00 per hour.

  • Students will meet with a mentor weekly

  • HSJP cannot guarantee internship or job placement, due to applicant availability or qualifications.

 

Applying youth must:

  • Have a current photo ID and a Social Security number.

  • Complete an online application, complete an HSJP interview and attend the pre-placement training workshop.

  • Be 16-19 years old (for priority placement).

  • Successfully pass a drug screening and background check, if required by their host employer.

  • Have transportation to the job site.

Why a summer job with Helena Summer Jobs Program (HJSP)? 

Research shows that summer jobs and early work experience provides many benefits for teens ages 16-19.

Through summer jobs, youth:

  1. Explore career options and build career goals

  2. Build 21st century skills that help them succeed in high school, college, work, and life

    • Communication

    • Problem-solving

    • Teamwork

    • Time management

  3. Grow their self-confidence

  4. Develop personal skills and talents

  5. Demonstrate to college admissions offices their willingness to explore their interests and ability to manage responsibilities

  6. Build relationships with role models at work

  7. Earn money, which can contribute to personal, family, or college expenses

  8. Gain a job reference to help them secure their next job

  9. Build connections that will help them access job opportunities in the future

 

Research also shows that youth with summer jobs are more likely than their non-working peers to:
 

  1. Graduate high school

  2. Create time management strategies that persist through college

  3. Effectively balance school and work responsibilities during college

  4. Earn higher wages as a young adult

  5. Work in a higher-quality job as a young adult

 

Finally, evidence suggests that students with a mentor are more likely to:

  1. Perform better in school and at work

  2. Enroll in college

  3. Hold positive attitudes toward education and work

  4. Maintain positive social relationships

  5. Explore career options and build personal goals

 

Information for Mentors 

Thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor for the Helena Summer Jobs Program (HSJP)! We appreciate your investment in helping develop the next generation of employees in Helena. 

  • Mentors will be positive and professional role models, help students reflect on their work experience, and help students explore future school and work options.  

  • HSJP mentors are not the student's supervisor; they support the student and the work-based learning experience.

  • Mentors will meet with students at least 5 times during the summer (mid-June to mid-August).

  • Mentors must be at least 21 years old and pass a background check.

  • A one-hour mentor orientation will be held in May. Date and location TBD.

Interested in being a mentor for Summer 2020? Please submit your application here.