Posted 7:16 AM 6/6/2013 : Pima County teens build up the resume this summer
TUCSON- When Empire High School student Kevon Bullock hits the basketball courts, his head is in the game.
But when he's playing at the Northwest YMCA courts he's not exactly keeping score. "You learn you always have to be on your game and there's no slacking because at any given moment something can go wrong with all these people here," Bullock says.
Bullock is one of more than 1,000 Pima County teens participating in the Pima County One-Stop's paid summer internship program.
Kevon is spending six weeks working for the YMCA's summer sports camp. "Teaching the kids how to work together, how to play and be respectful," Bullock says.
The Northwest YMCA is one of more than 100 employers taking part in the program. The teens work about 40 hours a week. "They're great kids," says Northwest YMCA Administrative Assistant Julie Evans. "They're bubbly, they're happy and when they come here we always say, don't be nervous since it's your first job, we're fun and we're friendly."
The teens get a taste of what it is like to work in a variety of positions.
Kassandra Alvarez, 17, is learning to work the front desk. "I greet the members, I check them in, I answer phones," Alvarez says.
Just about a week into the program and she has already learned a few lessons. "The customer is always right," Alvarez says.
If the teens play their cards right, they could land a full-time job for next summer. For now they're just happy to build up their resumes and get their feet wet in the workplace. "It's great being able to do what I love and get compensated for it," Bullock says.
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