On Centre | Around Bellefonte: CareerLink to host Youth Career Week starting June 15 in Bellefonte

If you’re a high-schooler, and you’re tired of begging your parents for a little pocket money, Pennsylvania CareerLink might have the right job for you.

Looking to expand its services to the younger workforce, CareerLink is hosting a Youth Career Week starting June 15 at its office at 240 Match Factory Place in Bellefonte.

“We’re trying to be youth friendly,” youth workforce specialist Sarah Travis said. “We haven’t really opened our doors and welcomed youth in before, so we’re trying something new this year.”

CareerLink hosted a similar event at the beginning of the year, Travis said, working with local schools to host an application job fair — an open house where young people could stop in and get help filling out applications.

This time, a multiday event is scheduled, walking new and potential workers through the application process leading to a final job fair where ideally they will meet an employer they like.

On Monday, youth will have the opportunity to meet with employers, learning about what they’re looking for in new employees. Interested workers will have the opportunity to fill out applications at that time, she said.

For Tuesday, youth will be prepped for the upcoming fair, she said, learning what to wear, what research to do and what questions to ask to make them stand out.

Wednesday delves into summer savings, and learning how to create a budget.

It all culminates in the youth job fair on Thursday. Twelve employers already have signed on to attend, she said, and more are expected to sign up.

Military recruiters from all branches will be available Friday, she said.

“It’s an event to give youth assistance,” Travis said. “It’s young people looking for summer jobs, but also those who have just graduated high school and aren’t looking to go directly to college.”

Those wishing to attend one of Monday’s four sessions are asked to register by calling 548-7587. Seating is limited.