In today’s highly competitive job market, we are committed to helping our youth reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens. Our Jr. Staff program runs year round, but expands during the summer to provide more opportunities for our youth, ages 13 to 18, to develop skills valued by employers. This summer we worked with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and LAUSD Work Experience which provided the salaries for 56 youth from low-income families to gain work experience at our Clubs. In addition, 30 of our high school members volunteered to serve as Jr. Staff for the summer.
The majority of our paid Jr. Staff members work at our Port of Los Angeles Club which is adjacent to the Rancho San Pedro public housing community. Many Jr. Staff are our own high school members from that community.
While working as a team to keep our elementary and middle school youth engaged, our Jr. Staff are also mentored on their communication and customer service skills. They develop these skills assisting at Club front desks, welcoming visitors, and interacting with Club families. Our Port Club Jr. Staff also completed a workshop on interviewing to prepare for future opportunities.