Columbia's Youth Employment and Education Program
Armory Community Center, 701 East Ash
A special thank you to our 2012 employers! Please check the list here.
If you are an employer interested in participating in the C.A.R.E. program, contact the C.A.R.E. office at 573-874-6300 or KLKORT@gocolumbiamo.com.
EMPLOYER JOB SITE AGREEMENT (UPDATED 11/12)
Youth Employment & Education Program
Since 1982, the City of Columbia's Career Awareness Related Experience (C.A.R.E) program has served Columbia’s youth age 14-18 in many important ways.
First, participants develop basic work skills which help them build a good work ethic for future opportunities. Second, young adults have the opportunity to explore a work environment and observe what goes on in a field of their interest. Finally, young adults earn minimum wage and learn the value of a dollar and the importance of setting financial goals. Employment services are available during the school year for young adults enrolled in the Missouri Option Program and in the summer for an eight-week employment program for youth ages 14-18. C.A.R.E. also offers creative young adults the opportunity to work as artists during the summer’s C.A.R.E. gallery experience. Free tutoring services for any youth age 14-18 living in Columbia is available during the school year. For more information, contact the C.A.R.E. office at 573-874-6300. Tutoring services also available.
Funding, including participant wages, is paid by the City of Columbia and administered through the Parks and Recreation Department.
January 7, 2013 Summer applications available online
February 1, 2013 Application deadline for summer employment
June 3, 2013 Summer Orientations begin
June 10, 2013 Summer Program begins
August 2, 2013 Summer Program ends
Local employers provide jobs for C.A.R.E. youth in a variety of environments such as: office, retail, salon, art studio, daycare, school, and outdoor labor. Trainees work 20 hours per week and earn minimum wage during the eight-week program. Wages and liability coverage are paid by the City of Columbia.
The Missouri Option program increases Columbia’s graduation rate and reduces the high school truancy rate. Local Missouri Option students MUST BE referred to the C.A.R.E. program for employment and tutoring assistance by their cooperating Missouri Option teacher. Students work up to 20 hours per week and earn minimum wage until they graduate or find their own employment. About 150 high-risk Missouri Option students have graduated with the assistance of the C.A.R.E. program. For more information regarding this alternative path to graduation, contact the C.A.R.E. office at 573-874-6300.