EHOVE’s Success for Youth program serves area senior citizens

by Kendra Ward : September 08, 2010

EHOVE Career Center’s Success for Youth program matches area youth with community projects in a variety of areas.  Job Developer Cathy Ashe said, “Our goal is to provide local counties with youth ages 14-21 with meaningful work and proper supervision. We assign them based on work readiness, skill sets, and employer needs.” 

Tori Kaman and Nissa Rodriguez, both Fremont Ross High School students, and Michael Lauffer, a Fremont Ross High School graduate, worked this summer through EHOVE’s Success for Youth program for WSOS Community Action, an agency dedicated to creating opportunities that help our community and all of its members build a better future. 

The teens were trained as Passenger Care Attendants to assist mobility-challenged passengers and have helped at many senior citizen outings.  They’ve also worked at Schedel Gardens in Elmore guiding seniors, parking vehicles and waiting tables.  At the Farmer’s Market in Fremont, they enjoyed helping seniors by wheeling shopping carts through town, delivering produce to the shoppers’ vehicles and assisting seniors at the annual 4th of July picnic at Walsh Park. 

When the youths were not directly aiding seniors, they created posters and art projects to promote the senior centers, TRIPS, Meals-on-Wheels and volunteering.  Kaman and Rodriguez entered posters and a realistic papier mache replica of a TRIPS vehicle in the Sandusky County Fair.  All three worked together to create two six foot tall scarecrows as well.  Some of the items are on display at the WSOS senior office on 103 S. Front Street in Fremont. 

For more information about Success for Youth, contact Phil Johnson at 419-332-2412.  If you would be interested in volunteering in the future at WSOS contact Cindy Horn at 419-334-6539.

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Nissa Rodriguez at WSOS Senior Office with some of the items she made with fellow EHOVE Success for Youth teens Tori Kaman and Michael Lauffer.