Summer Youth Program
The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians offers a Summer Youth, on the job training program, to the Youth of enrolled Tribal Members ranging between the ages of 14 to 18. In the past the jobs have consisted of positions available on the Rancheria, this year those positions expanded to other businesses located in both Tuolumne and Stanislaus County.
The Summer Youth program partnered with Mountain Springs and Twain Harte Golf Courses, Westside Design, Tuolumne County District Attorneys Office and Dave’s Off Road in Tuolumne County and with East Side Mosquito Abatement District in Stanislaus County for eight weeks offering on the job experience in learning about these businesses. A total of 10 Tribal Youth were employed at off sight locations 5 days a week.
There were another 8 Tribal Youth that remained on the Rancheria employed 5 days a week in various jobs such as; Receptionist, Nursery Helper, Kitchen Aide and a new position Environmental Intern.
Black Oak Casino also offered summer employment to Tribal Youth ranging in age from 16 to 23 years old. 5 Tribal Youth worked at the casino for eight weeks. Various position were; in the Mill as a hostess, in the Café as a hostess and another as a bus person. One Youth worked in Human Resources and another in the Fiscal Department. This is the second year Black Oak Casino has partnered with the Tribe to employ Tribal Youth. Each year the program has proven to be a great success.
The Youth of today are the Tribes future leaders of tomorrow, giving them hands on experience in business and working with the public is priceless. By introducing them to business operations from the ground up, giving them training and guidance to ensure self confidence and giving them encouragement to further their education, it is the hope they will return home as educated self reliant leaders. It is the overall goal of the Tribe to instill a sense of value in the Youth for what they have now and to prepare them for what is to come in the future.