MDOT Taking Applications for Youth Mentoring Program

By: News 10
By: News 10


The Summer 2013 Youth Development and Mentoring Program includes job training skills, tour of MDOT facilities, first aid/CPR training, college visits, trips to MDOT construction sites, an interviewing and resume writing class, safety training and hands-on engineering opportunities.

Teens can get some job skills training through a summer mentoring program with MDOT.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for teens who want to learn more about the industry... and get paid while doing it.

The Summer 2013 Youth Development and Mentoring Program includes job training skills, tour of MDOT facilities, first aid/CPR training, college visits, visits to MDOT construction sites, an interviewing and resume writing class, safety training and hands-on engineering opportunities.

Applicants have to be at least 16 years old and have at least a 2.5 GPA. All applicants must also provide a work permit and pass a pre-employment drug test.

Teens will be assigned to a crew, which is made up of one supervisor and two to three workers. Some of the expected responsibilities include litter pickup, erosion control, park and rest area maintenance, weed and brush cutting. Crew workers will be paid between $7.50 and $8/hour.

Applications are due by April 13. Contact James Jackson at 517-750-0433 or email at jacksonj15@michigan.gov to apply for the Youth Development and Mentoring Program.


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  • by summer Location: michigan on Apr 12, 2013 at 07:51 AM
    Sorry taxpayer, it seems like your a little upset. I was a part of the ydmp program for two summers and it is nothing like you think. I for one am not dependent on you or any other tax payer. Unless you have been there to see what the program is like your opinion does not count. It teaches all young people how to work with different personalities and ideas at work. It teaches them team work, how prepare for everything they do. It prepares them for college. And it keep young adults off the street. Teaching them the values of real hard work. So that they don't have to commit crimes, so that they are encouraged to stay in school. The program is a great program, so keep your bitterness to yourself.
  • by Taxpayer Location: Michigan on Apr 4, 2013 at 03:40 AM
    Who is going to pay for this joke. The state is so broke that they have to tax the pensions of the the most vulnerable citizens. Yet we can waste money on a make work program like this. It's not enough that we have to see co-eds holding the stop/slow signs in halter tops at construction sites for twenty dollars an hour now we ill have teenagers out in traffic. This is not the place to have kids learn about good work habits. All I ever see M-Dot workers doing is standing around talking. It would be cheaper to have them watch honor roll students at their high school work in class and have them practice that. I see this program as another government hand out that enables these people to grow up dependent on the taxpayers.
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