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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 11:48 am

The Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP) is partnering with Marine Corps Community Services and the Jacksonville Youth Council to get teenagers started on the right employment track.

The Teen Volunteer and Job Fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at the Jacksonville Youth Center at 804 New Bridge St. The event aims to help military and local teens ages 13 to 18 find employment and volunteer opportunities in Onslow County during the upcoming summer months.

Jennifer Ormsby, a family member employment advisor with the FMEAP, has been involved with the fair for four years now. She sees it as a remedy to some of the issues teens face when seeking jobs.

“One of the things I’ve come across in my four years is that there are limitations on teen employment,” Ormsby said. “Most places hire 18-year-olds (due to liability reasons). … I think it makes it more difficult for teens to find employment.”

In addition to employment opportunities, the fair will also feature numerous volunteer organizations to give teens a look at what the community has to offer.

“It’s not just about finding employment but about finding things in the community they (teens) are interested in,” Ormsby said. “It’s important to find things they might want to do down the road. It also helps with college applications.”

On April 4, prior to the fair, the FMEAP has scheduled a Teen Job Fair Success Workshop. The event will provide background on the fair while also helping teens understand how to better represent themselves professionally.

“It’s focused on how to talk to an adult in a professional way,” Ormsby said. “A lot of the time I’ll see the parents doing a lot of the talking or teens deferring to their parents. We try to work away from that and let the parents kind of observe while the students go around and see what’s being offered … mostly to show that these adults don’t bite.”

That emphasis on communication will also be used for members of the Jacksonville Youth Council in attendance. Teenage members from various area schools will be greeting and assisting attendees with filling out forms and getting acquainted with the fair. Forms on site will include some paper applications as well as information on how to complete a work permit.

NCWorks will also be in attendance at the event for adults seeking employment opportunities.

Attendees are suggested to show up in business casual attire.

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