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First Ward Community Center giving students a summer break to remember

Saginaw students take part in a debate on how to make Saginaw a better place at Saginaw Valley State University on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore)

The First Ward Community Center in Saginaw has provided a safe place for people of all ages to go for 86 years. And for the past five years thanks to a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, students from 16 to 19 years old get to have a pretty incredible summer. Over the course of the ten-week program 36 youth will do community service work, job shadow professionals in different lines of work, and also attend workshops at Saginaw Valley State University to learn more about critical thinking. First Ward Community Center Representative Rob Brown says the group gets to visit other parts of Michigan during the program.

“We went to Mackinac City and camped for two days near there. The students got a chance to see all sorts of things they have never seen before. This is also typically a lot of their first jobs. So we introduce a lot of job readiness skills like preparing a resume’ into the program,” Brown says.

To find out how to sign up for next year’s program, click here.

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