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GETTING ONBOARD

GETTING ONBOARD

Study after study demonstrates that developing good workplace habits—and breaking the chain of unemployment—begins with summer jobs. For the students at West Side High School, those economic opportunities are typically out of reach, often because they can’t get to the places where jobs are plentiful. Enter the MCJ/Amelior Foundation, PSE&G and The Urban League, who teamed up to create a program that nabbed more than 80 summer jobs at Great Adventure. Every morning, the students assembled at 8:00 a.m. for the bus ride south, and returned home around 10:00 p.m. The travel time south was used as a teaching opportunity to discuss topics such as effective communication, conflict resolution and work culture expectations, and to provide loving and constant reinforcement for a job well done. A program started this fall at West Side will show these young workers how to manage their finances.