Rome Students Participate in Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer Youth Employment Program Creates Opportunites
Posted on 08/14/2017
Summer Youth

This summer five Rome City School District students worked throughout the school district in areas of Information Technology, Food Service, Buildings and Grounds and Maintenance. A partnership between Oneida County Workforce Development, state and community members investing in our youth, the Summer Youth Employment Program is run by OHM BOCES and career specialists. Worksites are located in Oneida county. The program starts in early July and runs for 5 weeks. Student learn to prepare for the world of work with classroom lessons, job shadowing and work.


Susan Carlson, schools to careers at OHM BOCES helped coordinate the program. She said the first two weeks there were 12 students. Seven of the students went to job locations throughout Oneida County and five students stayed here in Rome. Students are 10th grader, Dustin Platt and 9th graders:  Liyah Greene; Genesis Perira; Joanna Cornell; and Justin Wright.

Chris Whitmore, food service manager at the district was impressed with the students who worked for him. “They followed directions and were on time,” he said. Ninth graders Genesis Perira and Liyah Greene worked in food service. Liyah made the soup students were enjoying at the luncheon at RFA on August 11th. Genesis also worked with Maura Tarbania, a PC Specialist in IT. “She was a big help to our department working on over 60 iPads, 60 laptops and computer to get them ready for the school year. After only two days working in IT, she was also helping other students. “I would like to work with computers someday,” said Perira.



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