From summer work to college scholars
TeenWorks extends far beyond the summer months. Tammie Barney, president and CEO, says the organization’s TeenWorks Pro program provides services year-round to students.
“We know how critical it is to stay in touch with students beyond the summer internship,” she says. “Our TeenWorks Pro program helps teens explore what they want to do in life and where their strengths and interests lie.” Year-round services include mentoring, career assessment, SAT and ACT prep, college tours, and college and scholarship applications.
“We want to help youths explore opportunities for their future and gain confidence in their skills and abilities,” says Barney. “Our end goal is supporting and empowering teens to excel at college, in their careers and in the community.”
Thanks to a grant from the Glick Family Foundation, TeenWorks participants are eligible to apply for up to a $10,000 per year TeenWorks scholarship, renewable for four years. To date, more than $500,000 has been awarded to 31 TeenWorks participants.
“TeenWorks is important because it’s really getting me ready for work and for college-and just taking on more responsibilities. Before TeenWorks, I was very scared of work and college; I didn’t know what they were all about. I feel prepared for any job. I feel like I’m more professional now.” – Brielle, Veteran TeenWorks Employee in Muncie, IN
Every summer, TeenWorks participants come together to volunteer at a local nonprofit. “Our teens are learning that it’s not only important to work, but also to give back to the community where you live.” – Marianne Glick, President of the Board at TeenWorks, Chair of the Glick Family Foundation