By Megan Martin and Christina Hebert
Teens have the opportunity to cultivate their personal brand and develop real world job experience through the Jurors Empowering Teens (JET) program in Bienville Parish. For four weeks each summer, teens aged 16 to 18 are paired with public organizations and private businesses to prepare for their future careers.
Participants hear speakers, visit colleges, attend workshops and learn about goal setting, resume writing, interviewing, budgeting, etiquette, cyber safety and personal branding – all while earning an income.
“I think this is a great opportunity for our young adults to learn work skills and ethics before going into the real world,” JET employer Katie McCoy said.
The JET program was established in 2008 as a partnership between the LSU AgCenter and the Bienville Police Jury and applications open each spring.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture