This summer the Attleboro Area School to Career Partnership facilitated over 40 dynamic, paid work placements for youth from our serviced communities. Hosted through in-person, virtual, and hybrid formats, participating youth gained valuable exposure to real-life work environments while simultaneously completing work-readiness curriculum. See below to recognize some projects each cohort worked on!
Mr. Brillon lead a team of eager workers in the Metal Fabrication shop to create a functional mental inventory system. A first of its kind at AHS, they cleared through and sorted over 40 years of accumulated metal scraps, filling a dumpster to its brim! The profits earned from selling the scrap metal were used to fund the dumpster which ultimately helps prepare the transition to the new school building. The inventory clerks worked to create a better shop for students to use in the coming years.
A Commis is a basic chef in larger kitchens who work under a Chef De Partie to learn stations, responsibilities, and ways of operation. Our Commis' utilized the kitchen at AHS to produce 130 hot meals a week (for six weeks) for the Attleboro Interfaith Collaborative. With a 60% increase in meals from years prior, Chef Doolin created a family environment while exposing the youth to skills they will use for life. Each Commis completed their ServSafe certification in addition to obtaining cooking experience.
The Horticultural Assistants reported to Mr. Lewis from the Attleboro Land Trust to beautify properties throughout the community. Rain or shine, these youth were eager to make their work space a better place. Not only did the youth gain practical experience with horticulture, the supervisors ensured each worker gained meaningful knowledge from their time spent there. Some of the things they grew actually got used by the Culinary Crew to create the weekly food pantry meals.
The Seekonk Maintenance team worked tirelessly performing tasks that prepared the school for the start of the new year. Working with Mr. Medeiros, youth learned about safety, responsibility, and time management in order to get all of their projects done effectively. Their hard work can be seen along the SHS grounds especially by the new repairs to to the building and cleanliness of the classrooms.
The virtual business group banded together to create a cumulative presentation of a non-profit analysis for the American Red Cross. In addition to attending work-readiness workshops, industry "career talks", and a micro-career pathway course hosted by local community colleges, youth gained skills towards their own professional development by completing activities that reinforced life-long learning about careers.
The Junior Graphic Designers helped to create newsletters, logos, menus, and other printed media materials to support our own YouthWorks Summer Program. Weekly menus were distributed along with the meals donated by the Culinary Group and the designs crafted for the Partnership can be seen in our Summer Newsletter. Youth also completed a course in Visual Media Design and explored careers via Virtual Job Shadow software.