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Sunday, September 16, 2018



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Youth learn more about parish through summer employment opportunities

Youth learn more about parish through summer employment opportunities

Lafourche Parish Government’s Office of Community Action hired 22 youth and young adults to develop and hone their skills in an effort to help them obtain permanent jobs after completing high school or college.

The program, which was funded through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), lasted six weeks and ran from July 6 through August 14.

After attending a brief job orientation in early July, the participants were paired with different departments throughout the parish that best suited their interests.

Among the places these youth and young adults worked were the Office of Emergency Preparedness, the Office of Community Services and the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter in Thibodaux.

Executive Director of Community Action Freddia Ruffin-Roberson said she received favorable feedback from all of the participants she spoke to during the last several weeks.

According to Breon Porter of Raceland, her time in the Office of Emergency Preparedness has proven productive.

“It has been a great opportunity for me,” the 21-year-old Nicholls State business management student said.

“During the last few weeks, I’ve learned the importance of always planning ahead because you never know what tomorrow holds. I’ve also learned that everything matters when it comes to keeping the public updated on Facebook about the weather, checkpoints and bridge closures, to name a few.”

Shaperrica Folse, also from Raceland, agrees with Porter and added, “I can say that the things I’ve learned here will greatly impact my future if I ever choose to pursue a career in Community Services.”
Twins Jerry and Jeremy Johnson have enjoyed the opportunity to help out at the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter. The 18-year-old siblings are glad they choose to seek employment with the parish this summer.

“This is my first time working at an animal shelter, but I’ve adjusted to it, and the tasks we do daily. Some of the things we do is heavy lifting, handling cats and dogs and cleaning a wide variety of things. When I work I love to do hard work and this job has delivered for me. I’ve enjoyed this summer job opportunity,” said Jeremy.

To learn more about the Lafourche Parish Office of Community Action, visit lafourchegov.org and click on the Community Action link under the Government tab.