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Summer Jobs 2011

Results from our youth employment grants & fun facts about the great things youth did this summer are represented in the following infographic:

[click the image for full size pdf]

Note: Some of the programs continue into the school year, therefore these numbers are not final for the grant period.

One last “Thank You” to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for making these grants possible. I saw first-hand what a powerful impact it had on young people this summer and had a great time sharing their experiences.

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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Breaktime Bakery

Last week I visited the Breaktime Bakery at New City Neighbors where middle school kids are hard at work this summer baking cookies, cinnamon rolls, breads and more.

Name: Tiffany

Age: 12

School: Knapp Charter Academy

Summer Job: Bakery

Dream Job: Pediatrician

Favorite Subject: English

First I got to talk to Tiffany and she explained how the bakery operates. The kids come in from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. When they arrive, they put on their aprons and hairnets, pick partners for the day and get to work on their first recipe. Each pair of two moves quickly from one recipe to the next until they have everything they need for the day. The store opens at 12:30 and the kids have different shifts, rotating who is working in the store and who is completing their other daily tasks.

What is your favorite thing about your job? Baking and sometimes being in the store because you get to  meet new people coming into the store. It’s kind of like a real job, you know, you get to do the cashier and then you have to pack them up, it’s kind of fun.

What do you think is the most important thing you learn while working? Math skills. Like measuring, knowing how much you have to put in to the recipe. And job skills. Eric [Executive Director] talks a lot about that. Like if you’re working a daily job, you can’t just stop in the middle and play something. He teaches us to keep working at it and to work with other people.

How do you think this will help you get a job in the future? This gives you a lot of experience of what’s ahead of you. If I had an interview to work in a bakery, I would already have experience of how it works so I would have an advantage.

Name: Avrey

Age: 10

School: Kenowa Hills Middle School

Summer Job: Bakery

Dream Job: Businessman

Favorite Subject: Science

Currently Baking: Cheddar Herb Bread

What is your favorite part of your job? Making recipes from scratch. The first time I did it I didn’t think it would turn out well, but I was able to make it great.

What do you learn here that will help you in school? Since we have a certain amount of ingredients, it helps me with math.

What does Eric teach you guys about job skills? He has high expectations for us, so you always have to keep trying.

What do you learn here that might help you when you’re a businessman? Since we do tasks, I do the store sometimes so I handle the money box and make sure people get the right amount back.

If you were at an interview for a job in high school and they asked you about a challenge you worked through at this job, what would you tell them about? One of the hardest recipes is cinnamon rolls because you have to make the dough, the frosting and the filling. So now I’ve had a lot of experience with these recipes and got better and better.

Name: Slater

Age: 12

School: Northview Crossroads

Summer Job: Bakery

Dream Job: Pro Wrestler

Favorite Subject: Science

What is your favorite part about your job? Learning to make new things and making new friends.

What do you learn here that will help you in the future? We learn how to deal with different types of problems. Like if someone messes up a recipe, they have to start all over. You might get a warning or fired in a real job. Here we can learn from our mistakes.

What have you learned here about job skills? Some kids don’t have jobs in the summertime. This would help you in your job later in life. It teaches you to wake up early in the summer and to get ready.

Some treats made it back with me to Grand Rapids Community Foundation and received rave reviews from our staff!

Thank you to all of the young bakers at Breaktime Bakery and job well done : )

And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the video on our Facebook page to get a sneak peek into the Bakery.

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Greetings from the Community Foundation!

My name is Molly and I have been working at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation as the Public Relations Intern since January 2011. Luckily I have the opportunity to stay here a bit longer because they found a summer job for me: to report on summer jobs.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently awarded $400,000 to the Community Foundation for us to redistribute to local nonprofit youth employment programs. This week, the Community Foundation will be evaluating proposals and awarding grants so that the programs can get to work as the hunt for summer jobs is already underway.

In addition to making the grants, we will also be following up with grantees, employers and most importantly, the kids who have been placed at a summer job through one of the programs. That’s where I come in. I will be using this blog to share their stories this summer so we can see what they learn at their job and how it might help them in the future.

Name: Molly

Age: 21

School: Grand Valley State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations

Current Summer Job: PR Intern at Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Past Summer Jobs: Panera Bread, Conor O’Neill’s, Campus Den

What did I learn at those jobs? I learned how to balance my job with the rest of my life, how to work with different types of people – whether it was my bosses, co-workers or customers – how to handle money and prepare deposits and how to perfectly fold a t-shirt : )

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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


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