Local teens suggest name of new Web site.

After a month long contest asking teens to come up with the name for a new Web site that will bring teens together with business interested in hiring them, the contest winners have been announced. Victoria Chisholm-Drane, a senior at Edward Little High School and Joanna Spencer of Lewiston a sophomore at Lewiston High School will share the $150 prize.

The name of the new Web site, www.jumpinjobs4teens.com, is a hybrid of the names suggested Victoria and Joanna.

The Web site is a partnership between the Safe Haven Committee of Androscoggin County and Volunteers of America Northern New England. The purpose of the site is to provide job postings for businesses in Androscoggin County to reach teenagers between 13-17 years old and for young people to not only find employment, but to learn the ins and outs of the working world. .

Patty Kimball of Volunteers of America Northern New England (www.voanne.org), says Safe Haven should be commended for their work on the project. “The teen job website was an idea that was formed last September and through the perseverance and dedication of the Safe Haven Committee, they have made this idea a reality.   The group took the fact that this website was for teens seriously by involving teens in developing content and ultimately, in naming the website.”

Businesses across the county who are interested in hiring teens will be able to post jobs and reach their intended audience. Teens will have access to a resume builder function right on the site; users are walked through a Q&A to build their resume.

Safe Haven member Jeanne Strout believes www.JumpinJobs4Teens.com has a unique opportunity to benefit many facets of the community. “I am very excited about the development of this website for the purpose of helping teens from Androscoggin County find jobs, write resumes and prepare for interviews. Bringing that population together with the business community is truly a win/win situation for both business and teens.”

The site is free for both businesses looking to post jobs as well as job seekers. Beginning July 1st, businesses will be able to begin registering and listing their job openings.

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