After months of what organizers are calling tough planning, the Marblehead for Teens non-profit organization is hosting its first-ever job and resource fair.
The fair, which is sponsored by Marblehead Bank and National Grand Bank, among others, aims to connect local teens to employment and intern opportunities.
The event will be held on Tuesday March 12 from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Marblehead Community Center gymnasium and will offer over 100 paid positions to those that attend. And this is just the beginning.
Marblehead for Teens now has a space in the Community Center and teens are making it their own. Williams said all of the teens involved have generated their own ideas not only for the job fair, but the new teen area as well, including what color they’ll paint the walls and which pieces of furniture they’ll pick out.
“This is toughest thing I’ve ever attempted professionally,” said Molly Williams, executive director of Marblehead for Teens. “This has been really hard. But now things are moving along beautifully. We had been hearing from kids, ‘Could the teen center ever be a place that helps us get summer jobs?’”
Williams then sat down with the head guidance counselor at the high school and ran the possibility by students’ parents, who thought it was a “fabulous idea.” Since then, the response, Williams added, has been incredible.
“We’re really excited,” Williams said. “We really think that this is the essence of what we’re going to be about in the community. Giving a safe place for kids to spend their free time.”
Local businesses that will offer paid positions range from restaurants, to community centers, to local country clubs. Those establishments include The Landing Restaurant, Little Harbor Boathouse,and Marblehead Arts Association.
The organization’s goal is to be able to help teens find jobs year-round. Jobs could be at a local business, or helping out a senior citizen that needs their lawn mowed, Williams said.
“We’ve been trying to get this teen center launch for about 10 months now,” Williams added. “It’s about empowering teens and the leadership model for our teen center.”