Teens get started on work with Summer Youth Employment orientation

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - School's out for the summer, and for some students in Oneida County, that means it's time to get to work.

The 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program kicked off Monday with orientation for the 300 teens who will participate this year.

The teens will spend their summers working at locations all over Oneida County. You might see them at the Utica Zoo or the City of Utica and Oneida County Offices. Some will work at area senior citizens centers and others at places such as the Salvation Army and the local American Heart Association.

"They get a chance to earn some money. They get off the street and they get out of the playground," said Dave Mathis of the Workforce Development.

Olympic Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin also attended the event to motivate and inspire the teens.

The orientation is a way to lay out the rules for the hundreds of teens just getting started in the working world.

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