WILL FUND SUMMER JOBS FOR 120 STUDENTS |
This summer, more than 120
high school and college students will be working in parks and youth development
programs throughout Aurora thanks to Illinois Youth Recreation Corps grants from
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The grants, totaling
$293,000, have been awarded to the City of Aurora, Communities in Schools, and
the Aurora Township.
As a part of the grant program, the City
of Aurora Parks Department will hire 18 teenagers and two college-aged
supervisors. Youth Workers will provide assistance in a variety of areas in the
Parks and Recreation Department including the First Tee Junior Golf Program, as
exhibitors and docents at the Phillips Park Zoo, as assistants to the city
horticulturalist, monitoring the skate park and splash pad, maintaining ball
fields, gathering data for the city’s tree survey, and much more.
Communities in Schools will hire 70 teenagers and 7
college-aged supervisors for Aurora’s Youth Partnership Summer Camp. The Youth
Partnership Summer Camp, offered by Communities in Schools, the City of Aurora,
Triple Threat Mentoring, the Quad County Urban League, and several schools and
community groups, offers half-day and full-day programing 19 Aurora elementary
schools. The young workers will help with fitness and nutrition activities,
field trips, reading, and art, and help mentor children in teamwork,
decision-making, responsibility, trust and discipline.
Township will hire 22 young people, up from 11 last year. The
additional help will allow the Township to keep their summer camp, which starts
this week at the Aurora Township Youth Center, running for an additional week
“I thank Governor Quinn for providing this opportunity
for Aurora’s youth,” said Mayor Tom Weisner. “Providing summer jobs for our
youngsters not only teaches them important life skills, but many of these
positions put them in mentoring and supervision roles of elementary and middle
school-age children. This will help keep the younger kids off the streets in
the summer and on a positive path as they get older.”
interested in applying for a job with the City of Aurora Parks Department
through the Illinois Youth Recreation Corps grant program can find details in
the job posting online at https://www.aurora-il.org/documents/humanresources/2014_job_grant_youth.pdf
and download an application at www.aurora-il.org/documents/humanresources/frm_employmentapp.pdf.
For information, contact the City Human Resources Department at 630.256.INFO or visit 44 E. Downer
Place. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Youth interested in
applying for jobs at Communities in Schools can call 630.256.4500 or Aurora
Township can call 630.897. 8777 for applications and more information.