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June 18, 2020

Although modified, Summer Youth Employment Program to begin June 22

Employment and Training program ready for students

Darren DeLaune/Multimedia Specialist

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Better late than never. The 2020 Muscogee (Creek) Nation Summer Youth Program is about to begin on June 22 for students ages 16-21.

What was set to begin earlier this month was delayed because of COVID-19 but MCN Employment and Training Administration Youth Coordinator Mia Hoskison, said they have taken the precautions and are getting everything in order for the summer youth.

“We are monitoring the situation daily with what is going on with COVID,” she said. “We were going to have a conference style orientation this year but we scaled back and turned it into a zoom meeting for the students.”

Students had to attend only one of those orientation meetings.

Another precautionary component was a work-from-home option for the summer youth who might be at high risk for contracting COVID-19.

“We have a career readiness curriculum for the students who are working from home,” Hoskison said. “They will have assignments they have to complete and it is their responsibility to check in with their [Summer Youth] counselor everyday while they are at work.”

Hoskison feels that E&T has done a great job with the modifications for the summer youth program.

“Summer Youth is going to look different from the past years,” she said. “We are doing everything we can to make sure the students do have a work program for the summer.”

Another subject Hoskison brought up was the summer youth who are participating in the program will work for only six weeks but will get paid for eight.

“With an incentive after they complete the program,” she said.

If the participants have any questions about the program, call: 918-732-7773.

The program ends on July 31.