Picente: County Wraps Up Successful Summer Youth Employment Program

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today wrapped up the 2010 Oneida County Summer Youth Program by saluting the achievements of the program’s 300 youth. 

“The lessons that are learned through the Summer Youth Employment Program will help long after summer has ended,” Picente said. “There are lessons that are only learned at a workplace – lessons about teamwork, about diversity and about the kinds of success young people can have by putting their enthusiasm, energy and creativity to work for an employer.”

Picente was joined at the Summer Youth Employment Program Celebration by Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, BOCES Superintendent Howard D. Mettelman and Workforce Development Director David Mathis.
Destito noted that the Summer Youth Employment Program was one of the most important investments made in the future of the area, because it builds the skills of the workforce of tomorrow. Mettelman noted that outstanding impact of students through the School and Business Alliance Programs, particularly its health care program that operates in conjunction with Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare. Mathis, who praised Destito as a long-time champion of the Summer Youth Employment Program, noted that the funding youth are paid is an important economic stimulus to the community.
Proctor High School students Hannah Forbes and Miranda Majewicz, both participants in the Health Careers Program through BOCES, talked about the program’s impact on their understand of health careers, and recommended that students be aggressive in pursuing job shadowing opportunities to learn about careers.
Picente said that youth helped the community through their participation in community service projects, whether at local agencies or through service activities such as the LEAD OUTreach program to support the county’s lead poisoning prevention program. “The Summer Youth Employment Program gives these young people outstanding experience as well as what is often their first job,” Picente said. “This has been a great summer for the youth who were in the program, and I hope they build upon the success they have achieved this summer when they return to school next month.”