Youth Services Co-op looking for workers

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Daniel Gallant, co-ordinator of the Youth Services Co-op, shows a few of the tools that youth could get to use when they sign up to serve the community and make a few dollars in the bargain.

WELLINGTON — The Youth Services Co-op is looking for young workers from the Evangeline and Charlottetown areas, aged 13 to 16 years, who are ready to work a few hours a week this summer to earn some spending money.

Co-ordinator Daniel Gallant says again this year the young workers could do jobs for individuals, organizations and businesses from their local community, according to their skills and interests. Some of the possible jobs could be mowing lawns, painting, gardening, babysitting, cleaning garages and house cleaning.

“In addition, this service is structured under a co-op model so the youth will learn how co-ops operate,” said Gallant. “They’ll elect an executive among themselves and will learn how to manage the affairs of a small worker co-op.”

He said the young workers will be paid minimum wage for their efforts, but clients will be invoiced a small supplementary amount to help pay promotional and administrative expenses.

“The co-op has been in operation in the Evangeline area for quite a few years but this is the first time we’re trying to set up such a service in the Charlottetown area,” he noted. “We therefore hope that youth and the community will respond to the call.”

All those interested in signing up or in finding out more information are urged to immediately contact Gallant at his Charlottetown office at 902-370-7333, Ext. 407, at by email at daniel@rdeeipe.org.

To place work orders, the people of Charlottetown can contact Gallant directly while people from the Evangeline region can contact Jeannine Arsenault at the Wellington Rural Action Centre in Wellington at 902-854-2328, ext. 228, orjeannine@rdeeipe.org.

The work orders can be for a few hours or a few days or even a few weeks, depending on the clients’ needs. They can also be for one or more youth.

The Youth Services Co-op (Coopérative service jeunesse) is a joint initiative of the Conseil de développement coopératif and RDÉE Prince Edward Island Inc. It will operate for the months of July and August.

Organizations: Wellington Rural Action Centre, Youth Services Co-op, RDÉE Prince Edward Island

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Evangeline

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