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Step Up Omaha deadline approaching

Posted at 6:32 PM, Mar 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-11 19:32:27-04

It's an application process just like when applying for a job online.

700 candidates will get a chance at real life work experience, with more than 100 work sites available.

The Step Up Omaha program lets young people between 14 and 21 get a jump-start on their careers.

"Step Up Omaha really started from the need for employment," said Vicki Quaites-Ferris.

It's a chance to make money working in a field of choice.    

"They can make up to two thousand dollars by the time the program ends," said Quaites-Ferris.

Giving young adults eight weeks of experience at a real job site.

"Getting those youth and young adults the skill set that are needed to go into the workforce," said Quaites-Ferris.

More than 100 businesses are participating.

Vicki Quaites-Ferris with The Empowerment Network says it can potentially lead to future opportunities.

"If they are out of school and looking for work, this is an opportunity for them to shine on that job," said Quaites-Ferris.

Preparing for a bright future.

"The chance to know what it means to be on time, know what it means to be a team member and have leadership skills," said Quaites-Ferris.

Helping both the kids and the city.

"In the past when there wasn't a summer program and now that you've got one in place the violence has all gone down," said Quaites-Ferris.

You have to live in Omaha and be at least 14 years of age to apply.

The deadline is Sunday at midnight.