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About Our Auction
Help us gear up for SWOP 2021! While 2020 caused us to get creative with how we serve youth and the community, we're hoping to be able to, once again, offer our SWOP summer program to 40 local youth in 2021.
The SWOP program is a way for youth to start developing connections within their community. During the program, youth learn that they have this opportunity because their communities support them. We invite you to continue to show that support to our youth-- the future of our communities!
About Summer Work Outreach Project (SWOP)
The goal of SWOP is to prepare youth for future employment and engagement in their communities. During the program youth earn a ‘paycheck’ for doing service work in the community, learn a variety of important life skills, and connect with local community leaders and elders. Youth serve their communities by helping at food shelves, libraries and elder care facilities, by picking up litter and weeds, and by helping at events like the AEOA Senior Carnival. While out in the community youth practice important life skills like introducing themselves, being respectful and responsible, accepting criticism, and taking no for an answer. The stipend that the youth earn each week allows them to develop money management skills and gives the program the feel of a real ‘job’.
SWOP provides an important service to both youth and the community. Youth benefit from the skills and confidence that they gain in SWOP. The community benefits from the service that the youth conduct in the community, the connections that are made between the youth and community members, and the development of future leaders of our communities.