Local Businesses Provide Summer Jobs (and More!) for Lebanon County Students

What does “summer job” bring to mind? For 39 Lebanon County high school students, the answer just might include learning about building resumes and interviewing, honing interpersonal skills, developing work references – and perhaps even earning their very first paycheck!

Each summer, the IU13 TANF Program hires high school students meeting low-income eligibility requirements to work on paid mobile work crews at a variety of Lebanon County businesses. Students are employed through IU13 and are paid through the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Youth Program Grant, which strives to help individuals develop numerous job-related skills through pre-employment screening, job interviewing, remedial training, on-the-job support, and community work experiences.

This year, a wide range of community businesses partnered with the program to provide work opportunities: Camp Swatara, Camp Shand, Lebanon YMCA, Kenbrook Bible Camp, Lebanon Christian Ministry, Hill Farm Estate, Masonic Village, Walmart, and the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center. Some have been partners for years, while others were specifically sought out recently for the valuable learning experience they can provide students.

What makes the TANF Program even more than a traditional summer job opportunity? Participating students develop work references, build resumes, achieve socially responsible behavior, learn interpersonal skills, make appropriate decisions, and anticipate consequences. As IU13 Community Education Program Director Tim Shenk noted, “The TANF Program offers a wonderful experience for students.  This is the first job for many students, and they gain valuable skills that will serve them well in the workplace.”

IU13’s TANF Program operates each summer (typically July-August), and continually seeks business partners for the program. Businesses must provide a safe working environment for students and be able to provide students with enough work for a crew of 6 students. Interested businesses are encouraged to contact Christine Leonard at christine_leonard@iu13.org to learn more about this exciting opportunity.