The GuilfordWorks Youth Program ­– part of a larger effort by the organization to help people find quality jobs they enjoy – is a program that offers a “comprehensive, integrated mix of services to build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for young adults ages 16-24 to participate in a productive workforce.”

And that’s exactly what will be happening when GuilfordWorks launches its “Summer Vocation: Police Chief’s Young Adult Jobs Initiative” this month.

This is a summer jobs program for 16- to 24-year-olds who live in Guilford County and would like roughly six weeks of summer work experience in a given field.

The program is individualized – offering an opportunity for participants to become familiar with an occupation they’re interested in. This will provide them with skills relevant to their chosen occupation – and it can even result in paying jobs.

Those who intend to participate are encouraged to attend a “mini boot camp” from 9 a.m. to noon on one of two days, before being connected to an employer. The boot camps will be hosted by Guilford Works.

The first will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at NCWorks Greensboro at 2301 W. Meadowview Road.

Another session will be held on Thursday, June 13 at NCWorks High Point at 607 Idol St. in that city.

According to program organizers, the sessions will help the young adults hone their interviewing and conflict resolution skills, teach them financial literacy, and offer more help for entry into the job market.

A daily raffle will award prizes to those present.

Attendance at one of the three-hour sessions is required to be certified as a “preferred candidate”– a status that improves a participant’s odds when interviewing with an employer.

GuilfordWorks is hoping to enable the participating young adults to find a job – and, eventually, a full-time long-term career.

GuilfordWorks, which also helps adults find employment, has been around for about four decades. The organization provides services such as career assessment, counseling and resume preparation.

You can learn more about the free services at