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BT BOCES teams up with Synergy Athletics for summer employment program

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TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- Combining life skills with on-the-job training, the Broome-Tioga BOCES Summer Youth Employment Program is once again underway.

The program, paid for by grants, connects 200-250 youth every summer with a variety of jobs throughout the local area.

One worksite is at the Synergy Athletics location on Upper Front Street; the teenagers are painting murals on the building with the goal of beautifying the area.

The worksite supervisor told 12 News Tuesday none of the children involved had ever painted before, so not only are they learning practical skills, they're learning life skills as well.

"It teaches kids skills so they can be employed, successful adults," said Emily Rodgers, who is an art teacher during the year. "It's so hard for teenagers to get a job so this is kind of a safe experience where they are learning and the whole point is we don't expect them to know but we're teaching them and it's a safe place for them to learn basic skills like cashing a paycheck, filling out a time card."

Rodgers said while some of these skills may seem basic, they don't come naturally for everyone, and they're crucial to becoming a self-reliant adult.

Josh Rosenblatt

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