Intern Proves He’s Too Valuable to Lose
Since focusing on the trending issue of high unemployment among Union County youth, many success stories have resonated from United Way of Greater Union County’s (UWGUC) Youth Employment Pathways (YEP) program.
The primary role of the program is to work on behalf of young people through a consortium that delivers unique services. This pathway to success for young people, is bringing individuals and organizations together with the will, passion, expertise and the resources needed to help them overcome barriers to job placement.
Indeed, this was the case for Kevin. After attending the Urban League’s Work Readiness and Financial Literacy workshops, funded by UWGUC, Kevin landed an internship at the Elizabeth Public Library. As a library aid, he was charged with assisting students and adults, while his duties also included computer searches and helping members of the library with their resumes. He pitched in by helping out with referrals and disseminating information.
Indeed, when Kevin’s internship ended on May 20, Library Director, Mary Faith Chmiel, said, “We cannot let him go. He is an asset to the library. Everyone loves him. He is polite and helpful. “
However, with a fixed operating budget, the library was met with the challenge of paying him a salary, which they could not afford. Chmiel even inquired about the Urban League’s Summer Youth Program, in hopes that Kevin could stay on until July. That approach didn’t pan out either.
Determined to keep Kevin on at the library, Chmiel vowed she would search for the funds to pay Kevin, because his job knowledge and attention to customer service were just too valuable to lose
On June 1, 2016, Kevin was hired, which shows . . . when you’re good at what you do the money will find you!