Commissioner Smith went out to the David Douglas School District to talk with youth about summer jobs and career paths at an event organized by REAP Inc., a community non-profit that engages and develops vulnerable student populations.  The youth had a wide range of interests from computer programming and law enforcement to marketing and manufacturing.  Commissioner Smith encouraged those in attendance to apply to the SummerWorks program, which will begin accepting applications on March 30th.

Through SummerWorks, young people are offered the opportunity to:

  • Earn money and gain meaningful work experience;
  • Learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work;
  • Gain exposure to various exciting career industries; and, 
  • Interact with dynamic working professionals in a positive work environment


Commissioner Smith spoke to the youth about her first job working for her English teacher, and taking the money she earned to buy things for herself and her family.  She urged the youth to seek out opportunities that will help them grow as individuals, and pave a road to success in the future. 

"The time is now to start thinking about where you are going, about finding direction, about building a professional network, and about figuring out who you want to be in this world."  

Youth were able to hear share their interests with one another while Commissioner Smith's staff provided the group with resources on how to apply for SummerWorks.