Trinidad Workforce Center to Stage Eighth Annual "Youth Rocks Trinidad"

For immediate release

Date: March 21, 2017
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070
Web:  www.colorado.gov/cdle


On Friday, April 7, the Trinidad Workforce Center will stage its eighth annual Youth Rocks Trinidad event for young people interested in securing summer employment and/or exploring the workforce landscape that lies ahead.
 

Youth Rocks Trinidad
Date: Friday, April 7
Time: 10 AM to 1 PM
Location: Trinidad Workforce Center
140 North Commercial St.

This annual event for youth is offered as a part of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, a vital link between classroom learning and actual on-the-job experience.  The program is a collaborative effort with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and is designed to match young people’s skills and interests with employment opportunities.

Each summer, employers throughout Las Animas County provide a diverse selection of jobs to young adults, particularly to those 18 years of age to 21.   There are both full-time and part-time seasonal jobs available for youth.  Each year, the Workforce Centers in South Central and Southeast Colorado serve almost 1,000 young people in their summer job search.

“Everyone has stories to tell about their first summer job experience,” says Betty Velasquez, director of the workforce centers in south central and southeast Colorado.   We want to help make sure that the hundreds of teens we assist this summer will have good stories to recount in the years ahead.”

During the event, teens can learn about job opportunities from recruiters with a variety of  local businesses including the City of Trinidad, Trinidad Lake State Park, the Colorado State Patrol, Ike’s Music, SRG’s Landscaping, Trinidad Ambulance and several others.

In addition, this year the staff from the Trinidad Workforce Center will be joined by representatives from Colorado’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Southern Colorado Developmental Disabilities Services who will provide information and assistance to young job seekers with disabilities.

Even in boom years, only a small percentage of high school students with disabilities find a summer job. That work experience leads to independence in adulthood and, for employers, it’s a pool of great workers.

Youth Rocks Trinidad is more than a summer hiring event. It is also a career exploration opportunity that will provide teens with a chance to start thinking about the “big picture.”  Career Counselors will be on hand to review and critique résumés and address topics such as how to do a successful job interview, money management, apprenticeships and more.

Educators and other resource providers will be on-hand to answer questions and help teens begin plotting out a course to make their goal a reality.  Youth Rocks Trinidad lets young people do some self-assessment, discovering the real world connection between a person’s expenses and critical factors such as education, employment and income.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of entering the workplace but young people in Trinidad and across Las Animas County will be better prepared for this summer and even the years ahead through their participation in Youth Rocks Trinidad on April 7.

There is still time for employers to participate.  For more information, please contact Sheri Files at the Trinidad Workforce Center, 719-846-9221, or by email at sheri.files@state.co.us