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You may have noticed that there were some young people working at SU over the summer who seemed even younger than our work study students. What was that all about?

September 10, 2010

Youth at Work

Q:  You may have noticed that there were some young people working at SU over the summer, who seemed even younger than our work study students. What was that all about?

A:  Ten youths worked at Seattle University this summer through the City of Seattle’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Human Resources partnered with the Center for Service and Community and Engagement to bring the program to campus.

“We decided to get involved with this program as a way for staff to engage in our Youth Initiative and to invite youth from our community to campus to learn valuable job skills and experience a university setting,” says Ruth Donohue, manager of human resources.

The young people worked in Human Resources, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the College of Nursing, Mailing Services and Facilities Operations. They provided office support, delivered mail, assisted with and learned skilled trades.

By all accounts, the experience was a success for both SU staff and participating youth. Donohue says the hope is to expand the program in future years.

Stay tuned for more information on how your office might participate next year.