Contact: Ron Schmidt, 874-6377
Trainees from the City of Columbia's Career Awareness Related Experience (C.A.R.E.) program, their families, work site mentors, the public, and media are invited to attend the 2014 C.A.R.E. End of Summer Program Reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. A program/awards presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. The reception will take place at the ARC (1701 West Ash St.) to celebrate the end of another successful summer program.
The C.A.R.E. program, which began in 1982, is a comprehensive program for Columbia's at-risk youth that includes paid real-world hands-on work experience, mentoring, and life skills training. The C.A.R.E. Program's goal is for Columbia's youth to be ready to enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient citizens.
Each summer, C.A.R.E. work site mentors and summer job coaches may nominate their trainees for two separate awards. C.A.R.E. job coaches choose one winner for each award from his/her caseload.
In the past, these two awards have been named the Outstanding C.A.R.E. Trainee Award and the Tenacious Spirit Award. This year, the awards have been renamed to honor two City of Columbia leaders who have passed away in recent months. The awards are now called the Wynna Faye Elbert Outstanding C.A.R.E. Trainee Award and the Almeta Crayton Tenacious Spirit Award. Elbert and Crayton played prominent roles in the development and continuation of the C.A.R.E. Program.
The C.A.R.E. program is administered through the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, please visit www.gocolumbiamo.com (search CARE).