Thirty eighth graders from the town of St. Johnsbury have applied to take part in the first cohort of the newly formed Youth Job Corps.

"We are thrilled that so many students from the town of St. Johnsbury are interested in the program," said Sarah Emery, Youth Job Corps coordinator. "Fifty percent of the attendees at our April 24th kickoff meeting have applied. The students are very excited about this program."

Since all students from St. Johnsbury have had a chance to express their interest in the program, Emery says she hopes to attract some students from towns outside of St. Johnsbury.

"We wanted to make sure we could serve every student in St. Johnsbury first. Now that we have done that, we have opened a limited number of spots for students from other towns."

The Youth Job Corps is a three-week program for eighth-grade graduate who intend to attend high school in the fall of 2013. Participating students will receive education and workplace training in public speaking/communication, manufacturing, leadership/team building, food service, business/finance, and community service. Students will also participate in a healthy living activity at the end of every day.

The cost of the program is $250 and includes breakfast and lunch daily. Students who participate will also earn $100 per week in pay, $20 of which will be placed in a youth savings account at Passumpsic Bank. The program runs Monday-Friday for three consecutive weeks beginning July 8.

Students who are interested in applying for these spots should contact Emery at semery@stjacademy.org or 802-751-2351.

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