Providing Job Opportunities for Plymouth Students
In late March, more than 300 Plymouth teens and their parents attended the first Healthy Plymouth Opportunities Program (HPOP) Job & Volunteer Fair. HPOP evolved after members of Healthy Plymouth, a coalition of stakeholders of the Plymouth community, came together to create a collaborative approach to help Plymouth youth get involved with job or volunteer opportunities at local organizations during their summer vacation from school.
During the HPOP Fair, the Plymouth South High School cafeteria was transformed into a setting where local employers from 30 organizations could meet with Plymouth students to discuss summer paid and volunteer opportunities. The mission of this program was to introduce students to opportunities that are meaningful and had a learning component and/or exposure to a field of interest not yet explored.
“We are delighted to give Plymouth teens the chance to connect with local employers and provide ways for them to get involved in a meaningful opportunity during their summer break from school,” says Andrea Holleran, BID-Plymouth VP of External Affairs and HPOP Committee Member. “Participating in HPOP makes a positive difference for students and our community.”
Healthy Plymouth was established in 2011 by BID-Plymouth, the Town of Plymouth, and the Plymouth Public Schools to increase opportunities for Plymouth residents to eat better and move more in the places they live, learn, work, and play. For more information on HPOP or to see a list of organization participants, please visit www.healthplymouth.org/hpop.