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Bend’s Kids, Inc. Program is looking for local students to fill extracurricular jobs

Bend Park and Recreation partners with Oregon State University-Cascades, Central Oregon Community College, and Bend-La Pine School District to provide local students with scholarships, internships, and jobs through the Kids Inc after-school program .

The district said Monday it needs about 85 people for the program if it intends to expand and maintain quality. But filling these part-time jobs has been difficult.

“Kids Inc has been servicing most elementary schools in Bend for over 30 years and the need for school-age child care has never been greater,” said BPRD Director of Recreation Services, Matt Mercer, in a statement. “Working parents feel this need acutely, and we must do more to strengthen and retain the workforce responsible for this important after-school enrichment activity.”

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COCC and OSU-Cascades said a $5,250 scholarship will be available for up to 12 of its students each, beginning in fall 2022. Participants must be enrolled with at least nine credit hours per term.

In addition to this, participating COCC and OSU-Cascades students will be paid as BPRD Youth Recreation Leaders for approximately 20 hours per week. The current wage is $18.38 an hour, the BPRD said.

Students can learn more on the BPRD website or at OSUcascades.edu/learn-and-earn.

“This program provides students with hands-on childcare, recreation and leadership experience while working with one of the most established after-school care programs in the community,” said Jane Reynolds, Director general of financial aid and registration, OSU – Cascades.

Bend-La Pine School District high school juniors and seniors will have the chance to participate in the new Afternoon Recreation Leader Clinic. Paid positions will be done in partnership with The Future Center in each high school. Student interns will be able to adjust class schedules to allow them to be paid employees of BPRD and receive school credits as youth interns in recreation.

Bend-La Pine students will be able to choose between 10 and 20 hours per week. They will earn at least $17 an hour and receive school credits and summer job opportunities, the BPRD said.

The standard school schedule poses a challenge for students to be an employee of the BPRD after-school program unless an open period is arranged. Students can choose between 10 hours per week and 20 hours per week. Interns will receive $17 per hour or more, school credits, work experience, and also have summer job opportunities.

Just like with COCC and OSU-Cascades, the internship begins in the fall of 2022. Interested students are encouraged to visit their high school’s Future Center this spring for more information.

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