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Mayor’s Summer Youth Program Wraps Up an Exciting Summer

This summer, a group of 24 high school students from Peoria Public Schools spent their days hard at work with the Mayor’s Youth Program. The program provides employment for these young people, working a variety of public works projects throughout the City of Peoria. Every Thursday, these young adults got a break from the heat and spent the day visiting a variety of businesses and organizations throughout the area, organized by GPEDC.


The students started their summer with career skills training from Agbara Bryson of the New Millennium Institute. The training covered topics such as saving money, job interview etiquette, and many other topics that will give them a head start as they prepare to begin adulthood. The stude   nts then got to practice their skills with mock job interviews, organized by Goodwill Industries. The interviews were conducted by professionals from around Greater Peoria and gave the students a chance to experience what a job interview is like.

Another exciting highlight of the summer was the visit to Caterpillar Technical Center in Mossville. The center is the heart of CAT’s Caterpillar’s Product Development and Global Technology Division. Students had the chance to interact with the state of the art technology being developed at the Tech Center. Students also visited CSE Software, which designs much of the simulation software in use at the Tech Center. At CSE, students were able to try the simulators for themselves. Simulations ranged from driving a tractor to walking on the surface of Mars!

In total, the students visited 19 businesses and organizations! Special thanks go to all who hosted and participated in the Mayor’s Youth Program: the City of Peoria, CEFCU, Methodist College, West Central Building Trades Council, OSF Jump Simulation, Advanced Medical Transport, Illinois Central College, and Bradley University.

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