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Wayne County’s STEADY work program offers job skills training for youth at community benefit

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Wayne County Community Schools’ STEADY Work program, an initiative aimed at equipping young people with the softer job skills, is making notable strides in the region. The program focuses on training youth in skills such as punctuality, consistent attendance, appropriate workplace behavior, and accepting constructive criticism. One of its highlights is the Small Jobs Program, which offers young participants paid opportunities to take on hands-on tasks and larger-scale projects within their community.

Originating as a pilot program in 2013 at the Cracker Box Palace animal rescue shelter in Alton, NY, STEADY Work has grown substantially over the years. The initiative has seen more than 30 young people gain practical experience and soft skills to improve their employment prospects between 2013 and 2020. In 2020, the program received a boost with Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds awarded to the Sodus Central School District and partners Wayne County Action Program and Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes.

In addition to helping young individuals aged 14 to 24 gain work experience in their fields of interest, STEADY Work also supports them in overcoming various challenges and barriers. The program offers a range of services that community members can request, including painting, landscaping, and small building projects, carried out under the oversight of a crew leader. Local businesses can also benefit from the initiative by gaining access to a pool of motivated youth, reducing recruitment costs, and gaining potential tax benefits. Those interested in becoming a STEADY Work business partner can reach out to Kim Howell at or via email at [email protected].

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