First Things First is helping teens find jobs

First Things First is helping teens find jobs

May 30th, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

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First Things First in Chattanooga is sponsoring a 2-day event this week for high school-age teens who are interested in summer employment.

Known as "Success Ready," the networking seminar scheduled for Thursday and Friday in the Chattanooga State Community College's Center for Advanced Technology will help teens learn how to prepare for and what to wear for an interview. The program is open to any teen age 15 to 18 years old and cost $5 to attend, which includes lunch on Thursday plus materials to help teens learn about finding and keeping a job.

Julie Baumgardner, president of First Things First, also said students "will find out how to talk to just about anyone, avoid conflict and keep the drama to a minimum."

On Friday, a job fair with 15 area employers will be conducted to help hire teens for summer jobs.

So far, 70 teens are registered to attend.

"We decided to offer Success Ready last year when there was all of the discussion about teens and job readiness," Baumgardner said. "The healthy relationship skills we teach teens in area high schools are the exact skills teens need in order to be successful in the workplace."

To participate, persons must register by 8 p.m. Wednesday at