WALDEN, N.Y. -- Walden teens get some hands-on work experience in the community. A ceremony was held for graduates of the youth employment program.
Local businesses teamed up with the village to offer 18 kids apprenticeships in different fields.
Some of the jobs included bagging groceries at the local market, working at the village finance department and others worked as counselors at summer camp. Those who participated say the program helped them prepare for the workforce.
Ivana Bowen said, "I worked at Parks and Rec, so I worked with the young children, age group of 8, so it was fun because I love working with young children. I'm going to college for education, so this is giving me a head start on what I want to do when I'm done with high school."
Rachel Ciccone said, "I got out of it a really good experience at kind of like working in an office, and I got to see what goes on behind the scenes of Walden. I love the people I work with. I learned a lot from them. They taught me a lot. "
This is the third year for the program.