Columbia Parks and Recreation
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"Investing in our Youth, Investing in our Future"
The City of Columbia's Career Awareness Related Experience (C.A.R.E.) program, which began in 1982, is a comprehensive program for Columbia's at-risk youth that includes:
C.A.R.E. works with at-risk 14- to 19-year-olds who live in the City of Columbia and/or attend a Columbia school.
The goal of the C.A.R.E. program is for Columbia's youth to be ready to enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient citizens. Communities benefit greatly when their youth are prepared to become productive adults.
Youth lacking in employment experience and life skills can lead to unemployment and underemployment, which can lead to increased crime, adolescent pregnancy, alcoholism, drug addiction, and dependence upon government assistance. Unemployed individuals are unable to contribute to public tax rolls, which lowers the community tax base. Taxpayers must then cover the costs of the resulting government assistance.
2015 C.A.R.E. Summer Program
C.A.R.E.’s Summer Program is its original and largest program. C.A.R.E. offers an eight-week summer program in which approximately 185 14- to 19-year-old trainees are hired at minimum wage to work up to 20 hours per week at a variety of local work sites. The online application process begins in January 2015. For more information regarding the sign up process, please contact Amy Acton at email@example.com or (573) 874-6300.
2015 C.A.R.E. Gallery
The C.A.R.E. Gallery serves as a visual arts work site for the C.A.R.E. summer program. The Gallery coordinator functions as the job coach as well as the work site mentor.
Creative youth are given the opportunity to work as artists. Gallery trainees work with and learn from professional artists during this summer program. They participate in art activities designed to enhance their existing skills and knowledge. Gallery trainees learn about artistic techniques, a variety of media, and create their own artwork.
The Gallery is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council and the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
For more information regarding the C.A.R.E. Gallery, please contact Karsten Ewald at CAREGALLERY@gocolumbiamo.com or (573) 874-6300.
Important 2015 Summer Program Dates
January 1 to February 4: Applications available online
February 13 to March 1: Interviews
May 1 to 10: New hire paperwork
June 7-9: Orientations
June 8: First possible day at work sites for trainees
August 5: Final day of the program
August 6: End of summer program Awards Reception
Boone County Family Year-Round Resources Collaboration
C.A.R.E. also partners with Boone County Family Resources (BCFR) to provide real-world hands-on experience, career exploration, mentoring, life skills training, resources for educational pursuits, resume building assistance, and individualized goal setting guidance for clients who have developmental disabilities and are at risk for unemployment and underemployment. Participants in this program also receive specialized support at the work site.
Trainees may work up to 15 hours per week and earn minimum wage. Clients must be referred to the C.A.R.E. program by BCFR, which provides the funding for the program. For more information regarding the C.A.R.E./BCFR partnership, please contact Kristin McCowan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-874-6300.
2014 Summer Work Site Partners
Special thanks to the following businesses/agencies for being C.A.R.E. Work Site partners this past summer. Without them, the C.A.R.E. program simply would not exist.
|A Good Start Daycare||
Columbia's Finest CDC
|Nora Stewart Early Learning Center|
|A World of Discoveries||Cuts Limited||ParentLink, University of Missouri|
|Academy of Early Childhood Learning - South||Cynergy Health||ParkSide SkateShop|
|Access Arts (School of Service Inc)||Daniel Boone Regional Library||Peggy Jean's Pies|
|All Dogs 'n Cats||Dexter's Broaster Chicken||Play It Again Sports|
|Atkins Building Services and Products Inc||Diggit Graphics||Ranch House BBQ|
|Battle High School||Douglass High School||Salvation Army Corps|
|Beauty and Beyond||Fast Yeti Tees||Shakespeare's Pizza South|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||Fun City Youth Academy||
Shakespeare's Pizza West
|Bob McCosh Chevrolet||G&D Pizza||Shalom Christian Academy and Daycare|
|Boone County Family Resources||Gaines Detailing||Simon Oswald Architecture|
|Boys & Girls Club of Columbia||George's Steakhouse||SoccerPro.com|
|Brocks Autobody||Going Bonkers||Stephens College|
|Carlitos Cabo||Harmony's Treasure Box||Stoney Creek Inn|
|Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center||Head Motor Company||The Bead Gallery|
|CHA Moving Ahead||Hickman High School||The School House Daycare|
|Child Learning and Development Center||Jimmy's Family Steakhouse||The Yancey Law Firm|
|City of Columbia Document Support Center||Joe Machens Nissan||Tiger Tinting and More|
|City of Columbia Parks and Recreation-ARC (office and facility)||Keene Dental Care||Turn the Page Child Development Center|
|City of Columbia Parks and Recreation- ARC Aquatics||Kostaki's Pizzeria||United Cerebral Palsy Heartland Child Development Center|
|City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Sports Turf||Lakewood Lawn and Garden||University of Missouri Healthcare|
|City of Columbia Parks and Recreation STARS||Makes Scents||US Fish and Wildlife Service, Columbia office|
|City of Columbia WIC Program||Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center||USDA Agricultural Research Service--Biological Control of Insects Research Laboratory|
|Columbia Art League||Maude Vintage Clothing and Costumes||Value Giant Thriftshop|
|Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture||MSA/GPC MU Craft Studio||Varsity Clips|
|Columbia Chamber of Commerce||MU School of Social Work||West Middle School|
|Columbia Healthcare Center||Mustard Seed Fair Trade||Woodhaven|
|Columbia Mall||Nanny's Neighborhood Childcare Center||Youth Empowerment Zone/King's Kids|
|Columbia Pet Center||New York Deli|
C.A.R.E. depends on partnerships with local businesses and agencies like these to provide work sites for the real-world hands-on experience its 14- to 19-year-old trainees; however, 100% of the trainees’ wages are paid by the City of Columbia through the Parks and Recreation Department. There is zero financial cost to the work site partners.
Work Site Partners are investing in our future by investing in our youth, while at the same time receiving free labor. The youth trainees gain valuable employment experience and life skills while earning a paycheck. C.A.R.E. is a win-win-win situation for the trainees, the work site partners, and the Columbia community as a whole.
If your business or agency would like to be a work site partner, please contact Ron Schmidt at email@example.com or (573) 874-6377.