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In this episode, we speak with two experts in the area of youth training programs in helping prepare individuals for workplace readiness: Youth and Data Specialist, Angela Libkie of GST Michigan Works! and James Avery, Director of Education and Training of the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce. 

Angela Libkie highlights the STEP Into Work program. STEP (Summer Training and Employment Program) is designed to help get individuals ages 18-24 who are currently not working get proper training, career exploration and paid real-world work experience. This program starts in May, work experience starting in June with a two-week pre-employment boot camp followed by two hundred hours paid work experience. 

James Avery describes TeenQuest, Career Edge and other programs offered in Genesee County. TeenQuest, offered in Genesee County to anyone ages 14-19 currently in high school with four sessions during the school year and one summer session. Each session is two hours a day, Monday - Friday, lasting five weeks helping students gain a variety of skills, especially the soft skills employers are seeking.

James Avery is Director of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, the region’s premier business membership organization. In addition to providing traditional services for its members, the Chamber also serves as the lead economic development agency for Genesee County, operates the area’s convention and visitors bureau, and delivers education and training programs to meet the needs of the region’s growing workforce. To learn more, visit www.flintandgenesee.org.

If you are an employer interested in offering a work experience opportunity to youth in Genesee County, reach out to Angela Libkie at alibkie@gstmiworks.org or (810) 233-5974 X102. 

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