Peoria youth learn jobs skills in lawn care program

Jun 5, 2014

About fifteen young adults from the Peoria’s South Side and East Bluff neighborhoods learned ways to apply, interview and land jobs. They also got hands-on training in the art of Lawn mowing and safety. It’s part of the Youth Employment Lawn Care Program sponsored by METEC and Peoria Opportunities Foundation.  

The teenagers participated in two interviews, learned about the job application process, appropriate dress, and how to resolve conflicts with an employer.  Additional training includes financial literacy, leadership skills, and the basics of Creating and operating a small Business.  Lawn Mower crew Supervisor Chris Macafee says the program teaches skills that can last a lifetime.

 “We’re teaching them job responsibility because you can’t just get into a job and think you know how to do something.  You have to be taught how to do it. And later on they may have a lawn care business, and they can do the same thing.”

 The lawn care program hired 14 youth for the summer.  Teams of seven individuals will work together to mow grass, trim weeds and pick up trash on City and County-owned lots in the East Bluff and South Side Neighborhoods.