Job Workshop Slated for Teens, Tweens

Original graphic by Colin Close    Put your best foot forward by learning the “ins” and “outs” of landing a job, internship or volunteer opportunity. The Alameda Main Library and Alameda Recreation and Parks Department host this free event.

Sixth- through 12th-graders looking for summer jobs, internships or volunteer positions, but don’t know how to go about getting one are invited to attend the fourth annual “Get a Job” workshop next Monday, March 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Just for teens and tweens, “Get a Job” is hosted by Alameda Free Library and Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD). Admission is free.

Designed to help young people put their best foot forward when trying to land a job or volunteer opportunity, topics include: approaches and introductions to prospective employers, being professional and interviewing successfully. Past participants have demonstrated new skills to gain employment or internships, and to stand-out to employers at job fair events. The workshop is held prior to the Alameda Youth Career & Job Fair set for Thursday, March 19, at Alameda High School, so that participants are prepared for success at the fair.

The “Get a Job” workshop is co-led by Shawn Smith and Hallie Fields. Smith manages the Tween-Teen Programs and Special Interest Programs for ARPD; including the Underground Teen Center, Teen Volunteer Programs, Tween Summer Adventure Camp, Friends Connect and Alameda Youth Committee. Fields is the Teen Services Librarian at Alameda Free Library. She leads the Teen Advisory Board, supervises teen volunteers and manages homework coaches.

Register now at www.alamedaca.gov/recreation, or by visiting the ARPD office at 2226 Santa Clara Ave. Questions? Contact Shawn Smith at 747-7555 or at sdsmith@alamedaca.gov. Participants must be in grades six through 12 and must enroll. Space is limited.

The workshop takes place at Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., and is wheelchair accessible. The Main Library is served by AC Transit routes 21 and 51A. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library. For more information on this and other library programs, visit www.alamedafree.org/events-directory/calendar or contact the library at 747-7777.