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If you're a youth seeking summer employment, Samantha Clarke is there to help.The Service Canada Centre for Youth (SCCY) employs a youth services officer (YSO) from late April to mid August every year, which can be beneficial to many students in the area by helping them gain summer employment and participate in opportunities to develop skills.Ms. Clarke is a Springdale native and current education student at Memorial University of Newfoundland; she is also this year's YSO and has provided a helpful hand to both business owners and youth for summer employment.

One of the popular events during the summer, supported by Service Canada and the YSO, is Hire Youth Week.

Hire Youth Week was held from June 28 to July 2. Throughout the time Ms. Clarke was busy promoting the Odd Job Squad program and Canada Summer Jobs, while engaging youth to pursue summer employment in a variety of ways. Ms. Clarke used flyers, pamphlets and giveaways as ways to reach employers and students about the opportunities available through the Service Canada programs.

The duties of the YSO include assisting students in finding employment and exploring career opportunities; providing students with information on the labour market; and, delivering workshops that are designed to assist students and youth.

During her time as the YSO, she has visited high schools in the area and given presentations on the opportunities available for the summer, occupational health and safety, also, how students can build resumes get prepared for interviews.

Ms. Clarke says she was well received and students took particular notice to the many job ads she had compiled in a binder for the presentations.

She has worked mostly with students in Springdale, but has also met with a few students from Robert's Arm, King's Point and Harry's Harbour - helping them prepare a proper resume and matching them with job ads from employers around town.

Some examples of the student positions posted are sports instructors, maintenance work, lifeguards and openings at various capsite centres in different towns.

While the Canada Summer Jobs program is popular among employers, Ms. Clarke has been concentrating on the Odd Job Squad program, especially during Hire Youth Week. She says the jobs available through the Odd Job Squad are normally from homeowners where a lot of maintenance work, babysitting and painting jobs are needed. Ms. Clarke also indicated that there are currently students available for odd jobs in the Springdale area.

Both the Canada Student Summer Jobs and Odd Job Squad programs run by Service Canada Centre for Youth provide opportunities to those aged 14-30. The position of Youth Services Officer is available under the Federal Students Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

Organizations: Service Canada, Harry's

Geographic location: Canada, Springdale

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