DanversCARES just finished our second year of the Summer Jobs Program. In partnership with Danvers Community Access Television and the Danvers Recreation Department and funded by the F1rst Jobs grant awarded by the North Shore Workforce Investment Board we hired teens to work at the Falcon Fun Camp as counselors and DCAT as program assistants. In addition to their daily responsibilities, they were also challenged to create projects that represented the mission of DanversCARES in their workplace.

The Falcons Fun Camp counselors chose to invent new games that challenge campers to learn new physical exercises they can do without equipment:

Falcons Fun Camp counselor Sherak Ayamga teaching some camper how to do lunges.

And they created an academic trivia game to helps reduce summer learning loss:

Falcons Fun Camp counselor Skaina Pierre leading a group of campers in the activity she created to reduce summer learning loss.

Our DCAT program assistant, Daisy Powers created, wrote, produced, directed and starred in her own full length show called “The Path of Becoming Ourselves” about the challenges that LGBTQ teens, and teens in general face as they tackle questions of their identity through their formative years:

In addition to all of their work on site, each youth attended five career readiness seminars hosted by the North Shore Youth Career Center, where they learned skills such as how to create a resume, interview skills and how to meet professional expectations. These important skills matched with the work and leadership experience they all had this summer have prepared them to take on more and more challenges as they reach adulthood.

DanversCARES is so proud of our summer job program participants this year, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for next summer!