2003 Tumbleweed
Issue 15
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A journey cont'd
Family Tree Society

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our graduate, Mike, would like to open his very own mountain bike shop or steak house in Colorado.

Some of Mike's favorite things include rock music, his friends, and a quote from the band, Ataris, "Being grown-up isn't half as fun as growing up."

Mike and his charismatic character have been a tremendous asset to Phoenix. Since his move here, he has been a spokesperson for the Workforce Investment in front of City Council and spoke in front of four hundred people at our Teenagers are Amazing breakfast this past May.

We are proud of his accomplishments and will miss him and his humor when he finishes his internship at our administrative office.



Our Family Tree Society is comprised of individuals and companies that have pledged to donate to Tumblewee on a multi-year basis. We extend many thanks and a warm welcome to our new society members.

Art Cunningham

Rich Allen Victoria Allies
Joseph Boyle Owen & Barbara Cotton
Rebecca Bradley John D'Amore
John & Desiree Coats Betty Fairfax
Ted Dick Kathryn Halpin
Ted Engdall Ken Hall & Gail Loose
Charles & Janet Garcia Gladys Mackinson
John & Betty Gleason Dennis Pickering
Rob Leslie D. Gene & Barbara Ralston
Kristi Nordby Elisabeth Steckner
Northstar Unlimited Swain Electric
Sharon Ravenscroft W.G. Henschen
Arlee P. Reach  
Mike & Barbara Reynolds  
Shelly Riley-Kraus  
Bill & Isabell Rousseau  
David Rousseau  
Tim Mitchell Christmas Trees  
Martha Wamock  

Summer Youth Work Experience Program and
The Learning Center Join Forces

Twenty youths from Tumbleweed participated in an orientation to the Summer Youth Work Experience Program (SYWEP), hosted by our Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Partner Agency and Goodwill Industries. Tumbleweed Learning Center staff Troy Campbell, Stefanie Ortega and Joel Laurin assisted in developing the training and presenting


information to 250 youth in three half-day sessions. The orientation focused on a variety of topics, including completing applications, filling out W-2's and discussing how important appearance and first impressions can be on the job.

Youth participants role-played situations that could lead to termination and discussed ways to avoid getting into those scenarios in the first place. Safety issues, child labor laws and working with a supervisor were also discussed.

Each youth worked over two hundred hours and were placed in a diverse group of work sites including: Acorn Housing, Arizona State Department of Administration, Arizona Health Lab, Arizona Heart Institute,



Carl Hayden Community Center, Free Arts AZ, Green Woodpecker Florist, Mercy Housing, YMCA Chris-town, and even The Learning Center itself. Employers agreed to mentor the youth in developing the skills needed to be successful in the workplace and provided feedback on a weekly basis as to the youth's progress.

Participants who enrolled in the summer program were able to complete their jobs and begin to develop the skills needed for future employment. If you would like more information as to how you can help place motivated youth interested in making a change in their lives at your place of business, please feel free to contact Joel Laurin, Program Manager at The Learning Center.
(602) 264-6035