Summer Youth Employment enjoys a successful summer Posted: September 20, 2017 Updated: September 20, 2017

OLHSA’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) once again taught participants about gardening, the importance of park cleanup,  eliminating invasive species, employment readiness and more. However it’s not all work and no play, as participants also learned through recreational activities such as nature hikes, disc golf, archery, and biking. The youth also completed tours, including one at Oakland University. 

Last year a new part of the program had participants building a community garden at the corner of Clark and Stockwell in Pontiac. This year it more than doubled in size. Crops include corn, watermelon, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, and more. The SYEP also worked to maintain gardens throughout the city of Pontiac, including at HAVEN, Baldwin House and ReRoot Pontiac.

As part of the program, the youth had two to three hours a week of employment readiness training. Each week focuses on a new area like public speaking, communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, and professionalism through a curriculum, called Skills to Pay the Bills.