Chattanooga teen jobs program finds obstacles, success

More than 700 teenagers came to the Alton Park Development Corp. seeking jobs this summer. A local dentist and mom helped 146 of them find work.

Dr. Elenora Woods, executive director of the Alton Park Development Corp., had to turn away the others because she couldn’t find jobs. Some of them didn’t have transportation. Some lacked interviewing skills and some went to their interviews dressed inappropriately for the job, she said.

The summer didn’t go exactly as planned, said Woods, but she’s not giving up her efforts to help.

She’ll start operating an after-school program on Sept. 8, she said.

And before she sends more teens out for jobs, she’ll have them wear their interview outfits to the center.

She’s still seeking to develop partnerships with potential employers, she said.

Woods also provided summer enrichment for youths not old enough for the workforce.