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Summer Jobs and Ambassadors In Motion (JAM)

About Summer JAM

In 2022, ILG launched the Summer Jobs and Ambassadors in Motion program. The program served nearly 20 high school students living or attending school in the City of Sacramento. Each student who completed the program’s 40 service and work-based learning hours earned a $500 stipend. The program was funded by the City of Sacramento and PRO Youth and Families #SacYouthWorks initiative.

Summer JAM 2022 Flier

The program combined local government civics education curriculum with public sector career pathways exploration. Students participated in the program via in-person and virtual sessions where they learned:

  • The main functions of city, county and special district forms of government
  • How to be civically engaged in their communities
  • How to build upon civic engagement and advocate for issues that matter
  • What careers are available in the public sector across all income levels and education requirements
  • The process for aligning their education and career plans to achieve their professional goals
  • How they can prepare to be job-ready and how to develop their professional skills including how to write a resume, interview strategies and workplace etiquette

Students heard from local government leaders and staff from cities, counties and special districts across California including: the Citrus Heights Water District, Humboldt County, the California Special Districts Association, and more. Each speaker provided insights into their careers and mentorship advice for students about how they can successfully start careers in the public sector.

As part of the curriculum and our partnership with the #SacYouthWorks program, ILG was also able to connect students with online learning platforms IMAGO and My10YearPlan. Students used these platforms to complete professional development modules and map out their career goals.

Sacramento Visit Day

As part of the program’s curriculum, students had the chance to attend a Sacramento Visit Day where they attended local government meetings, toured government facilities, and heard from guest speakers making an impact in Sacramento. Students were recognized by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg for their participation in the Summer JAM program. ILG thanks our generous guest speakers: Sparky Harris (Principal Planner, Sacramento), Kelly Fong Rivas (Senior Advisor, Sacramento), and Andru Defeye (Sacramento Poet Laureate) for taking the time to engage with Summer JAM students.

ILG appreciates the generous support of the City of Sacramento and PRO Youth & Families for making the inaugural cohort of Summer JAM possible.

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