Darnyce Springfield, a participant in PTMAN’s summer youth employment program, is hard at work at Marcus Wright Dental in Maywood. Springfield was one of around 10 young people who participated in the program. | Photos provided
A four-week program designed to provide young people, ages 13 through 16 years old, a job over the summer has been a success, according to the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance (PTMAN) — the group of area clergymen who came up with the program earlier this year.
The young people, roughly 10 in all, were employed around town at local businesses and village facilities. Among the employers were District 89, Greater Hope Church in Forest Park, Seaway Bank’s Maywood branch, Maywood Appliance, Marcus Wright Dental Care, the Maywood Park District and the Maywood Police Department.
The youths were paid by funds generated by the churches in the PTMAN network. Along with providing work experience, the program also offered an employment orientation period, where young people were trained in the codes of conduct and ethics of the workplace. They were also instructed in financial budgeting techniques.
“PTMAN continues to improve on its commitment to serving our community, especially our youth, with bold initiatives,” noted Bishop Dr. Reginald J. Saffo, PTMAN’s chairman, in a statement.
“A lack of government funding should never preclude our children from having a safe and productive summer,” he said. “We felt that it was our moral obligation to provide our youth with this experience. Churches that have an understanding of their role in community are very supportive and positive about these kinds of projects.”
Saffo said some local businesses, such as Seaway, were supportive of the idea “from the beginning,” before noting that he anticipates that youth participation in the program will double next summer. VFP