Hagåtña, Guam – The Guam Department of Education’s 2021 Youth Employment Internship Program is scheduled for June 21, 2021, to August 13, 2021. This program, hosted by the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) and the Department of Youth Affairs, aims to provide the island’s youth opportunities for positive development and valuable workforce experience needed to become responsible, productive, and contributing members of society. A total of 400 youths will be accepted with placements at various government of Guam agencies and the private sector. Placements will be based on career interest, proximity to the worksite, transportation, and worksite space availability, among other factors.
Applications for the program will be available starting Friday, June 11, 2021, and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications may be picked up at the Kattan Resource Center, #228 Teresita Lane Mangilao, or an electronic copy may be requested via email at email@example.com. Interested applicants may also call 735-5010 for more information.
Youth must be:
- Between the ages of 14-21 years old (9th-12th grade or recent 2021 graduate)
- Enrolled in a Public or Charter or Private Non-Public School
- A resident of Guam or provide proof of ability to work
“Reviving this summer work program exposes our students to the different fields and careers they can explore after high school graduation. Rebuilding Guam is going to require a skilled, diversified workforce, and we are excited for the hands-on learning that will take place at job sites around the island,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.
Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio added, “I encourage all eligible students to take advantage of the Youth Employment Internship Program to develop skills like leadership, communication, and critical thinking. More than a great learning opportunity, this paid internship can also be added to a resumé, giving these youths the advantage among their peers in a competitive job market.”
DOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez added, “I participated in an internship when I was in high school, and it inspired my passion for public service and motivated me to work harder to be successful. Now, it’s a great feeling to know that we, along with the Governor, Lt. Governor, and our partners at DYA, can make the same opportunity available again to today’s high school students. We encourage our young people to apply, learn new skills, and be exposed to the world of work.”
“DYA is proud to be part of this collaborative project and commits to serving all youth with positive development opportunities that benefit our entire island. It has been a great privilege to collaborate with the GDOE on such an exciting project that exemplifies the passion we all have for our youth, their education, welfare, and well-being,” said Department of Youth Affairs Deputy Director Krisinda Aguon.
These experiences will allow all youth with a safe and productive way to utilize their time to recover the various losses of learning acquired during the pandemic while gaining the following:
- Exposure to various careers pathways
- On the job training and opportunities
- Career and Technical Experiences
- Educational Enhancement
- Leadership Development
- Community Service
- Skills Development (communication, critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, time management, and self-discipline)
- Post-Secondary Skills
- Life Skills
- Professional Networking
- Financial literacy and management skills
This activity is administered by the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) Federal Program Division/Grants Office and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, American Rescue Plan to the Outlying Areas, State Educational Agency (ARP-OA SEA).