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Youth job fair returns to Sunnyside

Several local agencies met yesterday (Wednesday) at WorkSource in Sunnyside to organize the third annual youth job fair.

The past two job fairs were held at Sunnyside High School. The place and time of this year's job fair has yet to be determined. Organizers are wanting to continue holding the event at the high school, but Jack Fitzgerald, operational manager at WorkSource in Sunnyside, said with the ongoing construction at the high school, it is still unclear if that will happen.

Historically the job fair has been held during or around the spring break. Fitzgerald said the idea was to allow the students to use spring break to prepare for the interviews at the job fair.

Organizations represented at yesterday's meeting included ESD 105, Sunnyside High School, city of Sunnyside, Grapevine Inn and OIC of Washington.

The groups are looking to host a job fair this year for Sunnyside students between the ages of 14 and 18.

Without a place to hold the event tied down, the representatives from these organizations talked about forming teams to take on certain responsibilities. The teams will represent promotions, food, food handler cards and photos.

The promotion team will handle the duties to help get the word out about the job fair. The food team will coordinate what food to serve at the event and when to serve it. Fitzgerald said it would be best to serve the food (most likely pizza) after the interviews. This way the students can stay clean until after the job interview.

Guest speakers are also being sought. Typically there has only been one guest speaker but Fitzgerald said there is no reason why the event can't have more than one.

Members of the participating organizations also worked on reviewing job fair forms. The forms were deemed to be suitable, with just date changes requested.

The group of local agencies will continue to meet every two weeks before the job fair to hammer out details. Once the event gets closer, the group will meet once a week.

The next meeting will be held at WorkSource in Sunnyside on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from noon to 1 p.m.

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