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Big Bend area program helps youth find work

Young people getting to work in 30 days or less
Posted at 6:27 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 18:27:49-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A local program is getting people in the Big Bend are back to work in 30 days or less. CareerSource Capital Region is helping young people rebound in an uncertain economy.

“It’s been really wonderful,” said Anthony Jannotti, an Assistant Manager at Holiday Retirement in Tallahassee. “Right now, we’re slowly opening back up.”

As they work to rebound to life before the pandemic, they have jobs to fill.

“I’ve done a lot of virtual interviews. People who have any risk about them, I say ‘Hey, let’s do it over Zoom,’” Jannotti explained.

They’re working with CareerSource Capital Region’s Dynamic Futures to fill those positions.

“We have over 80 employers that we work with,” shared Vincent Palmer, a Work Innovation Opportunity Act Program Manager.

Palmer helps CareerSource Capital Region place people in jobs across Wakulla, Gadsden and Leon counties.

“It doesn’t matter as far as what’s going on with the pandemic or whatever, there are still opportunities for individuals to be successful right now,” Palmer added.

Dynamic Futures is designed to help young people between the ages of 16 to 24 who are not enrolled in school, get started in the workforce.

“I can’t think of anything more rewarding right now,” Palmer said.

He and Jannotti are both working together to help more people make ends meet.

“It’s not going to be your final destination,” Jannotti said. “The skills you learn here you can take with you. It’s going to make you a stronger applicant going forward,” he concluded.

On top of job placement, Dynamic Futures can help eligible young adults with resumes and job prep, financial literacy training and vocational training. It’s just a small part of the work CareerSource does to get the Big Bend back to work.