Comstock Youth Works Helps Both Businesses and Youth Interns

Comstock Youth Works’ teen interns will bring their enthusiasm and energy to businesses in Lyon County this summer.

Dozens of businesses in Yerington, Fernley, Dayton and Silver Springs will provide on-the-job training for 40 youths involved in Healthy Communities Coalition’s Comstock Youth Works program, helping them become valuable members of the workforce. In return, the Comstock Youth Works program covers wages for the teens.

For up to 15 hours a week, the interns will learn job skills from employers who have signed up with the program. They’ll also spend time in training sessions to improve life skills, such as the “Bite of Reality” workshop at Greater Nevada Credit Union in Dayton on budgeting, saving and banking.

In addition, they’ll take a number of field trips this summer to explore career opportunities and to develop leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Some of the field trip destinations are the Ropes Challenge Course at Mount Rose, Career College of Northern Nevada, Nevada Air National Guard, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at UNR, and the Nevada Museum of Art.

Program participants will also contribute their labor for selected in-service projects to benefit their communities.

The Comstock Youth Works program includes some opportunities for exercise and recreation, including a train ride and swimming in Virginia City, and a couple of afternoons of hiking and bowling.

Bus Needed: Program Coordinator Tamara Burnet noted that she’s “seeking a partnership with another organization that could help with field trip transportation.” She explained that “a bus that could seat all of the interns and program supervisors would be ideal.”

Employers Welcomed: Participating employers provide structure and mentoring for the students they host, including regular written evaluations of the students’ and their work readiness skills. Businesses or nonprofit organizations interested in hosting Comstock Youth Works interns can contact program coordinator Tamara Burnet.

Youth Applications: There are still openings for Dayton and Yerington teens who would like to participate in the program.

Contact: Call Tamara Burnet at 775- 246-7550 or 775-230-3841 for details.

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