Spring break is a busy time for AntFarm youths preparing for the job market

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO David Kreger, left, and Austin Varin assist younger students with a trail project during Antitude 2012. Young people who spend spring break playing or sleeping may soon find that they are not employable.

This is the attitude of Nunpa, director of AntFarm, a nonprofit agency serving underserved youths in Sandy and the mountain villages.

If these youths have not developed an outstanding resume or learned how to impress a job interviewer, they may have a lot of time on their hands come summer.

Time, with nothing to do.

AntFarm and all its leaders aim to change that scenario.

Spring break week is the traditional time when AntFarm presents “Antitude,” a nonprofit workforce development program designed to teach youths the skills necessary to get a job and keep it.

Anyone between 14 and 21 can participate in the program, Nunpa said.

“Our goal is to teach youths in our area good work ethics, work skills, resume building, teamwork, social skills and professionalism,” he said, “and above all how to land a job.”

Nunpa said he believes there are about 50 jobs that will be available during the summer that can be filled with young people who learn the skills taught during Antitude.

The five-day program is designed with learning in a sequence that takes participants through ways to appear professional and develop information for job applications. They learn how to write or revise a winning resume, be proficient with time and money management, how to take care of oneself with stress and anger management, sleep, hygiene and coping skills, and how to do a job interview.

Every day, time is set aside for recreational or community service activities. Some of the afternoons will be spent on the mountain.

“AntFarm is the buzz in the community and on the mountain,” Nunpa said. “All of our youths have high standards of skill training before being recommended for positions.”

They need to show their dedication by volunteering within the community, he said, and they need to be committed and accountable.

“We want our youths to want to work in our community,” Nunpa said, “and we want our community to be proud of our youths and their professionalism.”

Antitude is filled with learning activities along with fun times each day. Lunch is provided, thanks to the efforts of AntFarm volunteers and local residents.

AntFarm is a service of a nonprofit organization called Woape. Nunpa, working with the board of directors, is serving an entire population of underserved youths in the Sandy area who otherwise might be out of school, on the street and possibly homeless or involved in criminal activity.

Nunpa and a group of volunteers are teaching and being examples for these young people, offering life skills, job skills and chances to volunteer and give to others through their efforts and hard work.

For more information or to register for the Antitude program, young people can stop in at AntFarm, 39140 Proctor Blvd., or call 503-622-3548.

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