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Apr 10, 2010 1:41 AM by Monica Quintero

Lompoc's Jump Start Career Camp

The tight economy has many searching for jobs and that can be even more difficult for young people. So, the City of Lompoc is helping teenagers prepare themselves to find a job with a special camp.

Teens are our future and they know finding a job isn't easy. Alberto Reyes, a camp participant, said, "I'm fearful because it's really hard to get a job right now. I've been looking for one not just in Lompoc but near cities that are near here and it's really hard." About 50 students took part in the Jump Start Career Camp. Reyes said, "The most important thing I took away from this career camp is how to write a resume because before that I didn't know how to write one at all."

Joanne Plummer, recreation manager, said, "The City of Lompoc is the largest employer of youth in our community and so we see a lot of kids coming out of school trying to find that first time job and they're needing help." One of the workshops included a session on clothing. It seemed to be one of the favorites among the students. They learned what to wear and what not to wear during a job interview. Reyes said, "It really helped me with picking up applications because I usually wear jeans to pick them up." Most importantly, organizers hope these teens take away one thing. Sue Slavens, recreation coordinator, said, "Self confidence." Boosting their confidence so they'll fill out applications. Organizers even had "real" applications on hand to encourage the students on their job hunt.

Students who participated were between the ages of 14 and 19. Mock interviews were also conducted to give them practice. The teens said they were shaky at first but as the camp progressed they felt they could nail an interview and get the job. The event wrapped up on Friday and was sponsored by the City of Lompoc's Parks and Recreation department.

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