Posted on August 14, 2013

Sacramento: PG&E Rewards Teens at Summer Jobs Graduation

SACRAMENTO —They spent the summer working hard and gaining skills that could lead to future careers. Today (Aug. 14), 56 Sacramento-area teens who took part in PG&E’s Summer Jobs Program were recognized for their dedication.

Students open their new Google tablets courtesy of PG&E. (Photos by Jeannette Ho.)

The teens completed the paid summer jobs program, part of a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. They graduated in a special ceremony in front of parents, employers, elected officials and PG&E employees.

And when the accolades and pats on the back wrapped up, the teens received a special surprise — a Google tablet.

The students were part of a larger group of 200 local 15- to 18-year-olds who received career-building skills covered by the $212,000 grant from PG&E.

The ceremony at the clubs’ Raley Branch in downtown Sacramento kicked off with Maureen Price, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, who thanked the teens and all those involved in helping them succeed. She reminded the students that working hard, arriving on time and a good attitude are keys to workplace success.

Speakers, dignitaries congratulate teens

Ezra Garrett, vice president of community relations and chief sustainability officer for PG&E, talked about how it was important to bring the summer jobs program, which launched last year in Fresno, to his hometown of Sacramento. He also told the teens that they are far more accomplished than he was at their age and encouraged them to be anything they wanted to be.

PG&E's Ezra Garrett congratulates one of the 56 graduates of the first-year Summer Jobs Program in Sacramento.

Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers, who hosted 10 of the student interns at his office, thanked PG&E as well as the students and their parents. He also announced that the police department had hired four of the interns.

And Kevin McCarty of the Sacramento City Council thanked PG&E for being a great community partner, saying he’s “grateful PG&E puts its money where its mouth is.”

Student participant Rubin Romero talked about how lucky he felt to participate in the program and thanked the Sacramento Police Department for giving him a part-time job after the Summer Jobs program ended.

The Sacramento graduation followed similar ceremonies held in Fresno and Bakersfield last week.

A year ago, PG&E launched the jobs program with a $200,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County. The program provided paid summer jobs for 55 teens and career training for more than 150 teens.

The program expanded to Bakersfield and Sacramento for the first time this year with more than $730,000 in total grants for the Boys & Girls Clubs chapters. The funding covered everything from workshops on resume writing to payroll for the teens selected for 219 paid jobs. Nearly 800 teens in the three communities benefitted from the program in some way.

Many of the students who landed the coveted paid jobs were from disadvantaged backgrounds and the extra income has helped their families. The teens worked in flower shops, offices, nonprofit organizations and restaurants. (Click here to see a video of some of the teens at work.)

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