Work Skills Today for a Better Tomorrow

The Greater Wichita YMCA's FREE JOB PREP PROGRAM, funded by the Strong Communities Campaign, gets teens (ages 15-17) ready for work with training, development, and certifications in the classroom and time and experience in the workplace. Participants in the program will learn to:

  • Find and review job postings, and prepare and submit an application
  • Get ready for and participate in an interview
  • Dress for success and work well with others in any situation 
  • Manage their money and prepare for the future - at work and in life
  • First Aid and CPR skills

At the completion of each program, teens who have passed through each stage will, in front of family and friends, be given a certificate of completion at a graduation ceremony. Many teens can and will retain their jobs or be offered similar positions.

2021 Job Prep Applications

The following MUST be provided during an in-person enrollment meeting before Monday, January 25, 2021. All items must be verified by Y staff prior to acceptance in the Job Prep Program:

  1. Completed application.
  2. Provide (3) completed references when submitting the application.
  3. Photocopy of BOTH: participant’s drivers license, school ID or Kansas ID, AND social security card or birth certificate.

Contact Tyrone Baker at 316.776.8172 for your enrollment meeting time.

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Sponsor a Job Prep Student

For some teens, a job can mean food on the family table, the possibility of college or a chance to make positive choices. The Y’s free job training program for ages 15-17 teaches teens the skills to secure and maintain a job. The experience inspires students to set and reach goals that have a life-long impact. Sponsor a student for the year for $2,500.