Created in 2008 to assist youth in preparing for the competitive job market, the Youth Job Academy is designed to assist students in seeking employment, apply and interviewing for jobs, as well as developing strong work skills to ultimately keep the job.
The Academy is open to youths ages 15 through 18.
Classes for Session One will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 25 through Feb. 10. Session Two classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 23 through March 10. Classes in both sessions will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38550 Sierra Highway in Palmdale.
There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Interested students may apply online at www.cityofpalmdale.org/youth.
During the course of the program, Academy students will be taught how to dress and prepare for a job interview, as well as meeting employers from local businesses and role-playing in mock interviews. Participants must attend each session to graduate.
"Participation in a program like this says a lot to potential employers about the motivation and commitment of any young person entering the job market," said Palmdale’s Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones.