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Summer heat 2008 partnering together to help employ area teens

Summer HEAT 2008Partnering Togetherto “Help Employ Area Teens”

January 15, 2008

Presenter: Claudia Merkel-Keller

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  • Governor Corzine’s Public Safety Plan (PSP) will reduce youth delinquency, gang involvement, and gun violence in New Jersey’s cities, by partnering with local government and communities to reduce the impact of risk factors on youth

    LWD Support:

  • Commissioner Socolow created Summer HEAT, a new summer youth initiative, to Help Employ Area Teens (HEAT)

  • Commissioner Socolow is committed to providing a minimum of 1,000 at-risk youth, ages14-25, with opportunities to gain exposure to different careers and learn the skills that will lead to long-term employment

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  • To provide at-risk youth, ages 14-25, with valuable summer work/internship experience and help them to successfully transition to the world of work

  • To provide at-risk youth with a minimum of 8 hours of basic skills, career preparation and work readiness training

  • To enlist public and private partners to provide paid and unpaid summer jobs and training

  • To provide a positive experience for both employee and employer

  • To expose at-risk youth to different careers and provide an opportunity to:

    - Gain hands-on-work experience

    - Earn a paycheck

    - Prepare for a future career

    - Learn marketable skills

    - Interact with employers

    - Receive support from mentors

    - Learn about community resources

    - Register with the OSCC

    - Train for a job

    - Develop financial skills

    - Gain literacy skills necessary for success

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Definition for At-Risk Youth:

  • School dropout

  • Basic skills deficient (tests below 8th grade on a standardized test)

  • Below grade level for age

  • Pregnant or parenting

  • Physical, mental or learning disability

  • Homeless, runaway or foster child

  • Offender

  • Low income

  • Needs additional help to complete an educational program and/or secure and hold employment

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Target Areas:

Summer HEAT will focus on at-risk youth residing in the following five

(5) target cities:

  • Atlantic City (Pleasantville to be included)

  • Camden

  • Elizabeth

  • Newark

  • Paterson

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be an at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 25

  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States

  • Must show proof of Social Security Number

  • Should be motivated to work and learn

  • Must be able to attend a program orientation

  • Must be able to participate in a career preparation seminar for a minimum of 8 hours

  • Should be able to participate in a financial literacy seminar

  • Must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week for a period of 8 weeks

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Team Members May Include:

  • Youth Specialist

  • Counselor

  • Interviewer

  • Business Representative or designee

  • Educational Liaison

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Educational Liaison

Under supervision of the One-Stop, assists with all office and field work involved in summer youth employment

including training, entry, retention, coaching and evaluation.


  • Assist with implementation of the Summer Help Employ Area Teens (H.E.A.T.) 2008 Initiative

  • Explain program objectives, requirements and expectations

  • Conduct workplace literacy & job readiness training workshop (Adkins Life Skills Program)

  • Conduct financial literacy awareness seminar (Money Smart)

  • Provide advisory service (coaching/mentoring) to youth who present problems related to employment choice, change or adjustment

  • Maintain attendance records, essential reports and youth files

  • Organize and conduct youth job site visits

  • Monitor youth progress, prepare status reports and complete satisfaction surveys

  • Communicate and interact with state/local team members

  • Answer routine inquiries for information and/or clarification

  • Input statistical data into America’s One-Stop Operating System (AOSOS)


  • Graduation for an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree

  • Teacher certification preferred

  • Desired traits include: (1) self-starter; (2) creative; (3) motivated; (4) patient; (5) flexible, (6) strong communication skills; and (7) ability to multi-task and troubleshoot

  • Able to work from Spring 2008 through August 29, 2008

  • Must be willing to travel to assigned locations. Possession of a valid NJ Driver’s License and vehicle is required.


  • Minimum of one (1) year of professional experience in education with emphasis on teaching, curriculum, training, and program development

  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience working with the youth population

  • Must be computer literate

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Program Components:

  • Pre-Screening: Assessment/EP

  • Program Orientation

  • Training Seminar: 8 Hours Job Readiness

  • Job Matching

  • Supportive Services

  • Financial Literacy

  • Satisfaction Survey for Youth & Employers

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  • Will not generate a Common Measure Activity

  • The following three (3) AOSOS activities have been approved for use:

    1. Enrolled

    2. Local Office Contact

    3. Summer Related Employment Opportunities

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Alternative Plans:

State Level – (Plan B)

  • Summer Youth Corps for those youth that are not job ready - limited access

    County Level – (Plan C)

  • Use of your existing referral process

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State Level Program Contacts

Ms. Karen Kerr

Initiative Coordinator

(609) 777-1835

[email protected]

Ms. Lynn Logo-Keepers

Summer Youth Corps

(609) 292-2060

[email protected]

Ms. Shari Walker-Hunt


(609) 984-2492

[email protected]

Ms. Sherie Jenkins

Employer Contact

(609) 265-5753

[email protected]

Ms. Laura Black


(609) 984-4366

[email protected]