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Big Buddy Takes Exception with MarketWatch Story

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A recent article on the MarketWatch website declared "American teens don’t want to work.” The article went on to paint a not so bright picture of today’s youth.


The Big Buddy Program has hard evidence to dispute this claim.In partnership with the Mayor’s Office, the Big Buddy Program is offering 100 high school youth a chance for a paid internship this summer. The application process was detailed and took a lot of time, but in the one month application period over 500 teens applied for the 100 positions.



The Level UP! Summer Internship program offers teens a unique workforce development experience, complete with a Workplace Mentor and weekly Tool Time Workshops to teach career workplace skills so often overlooked in today’s education system such as:

  • time management
  • appropriate dress for the worksite
  • money management
  • workplace communication skills
  • self-motivation
  • and more


According to Big Buddy Executive Director, Gaylynne Mack, “the response to the call for applicants proves our youth are ready to take their place in today’s competitive workforce. All that is needed is for our businesses, organizations and individuals to step up to the challenge and make sure youth have the opportunities and experience needed to succeed.”


Mack continued, “Big Buddy would love to offer positions to each young person wanting a job. We need the Baton Rouge business community to step up and make this a reality. For $2,000, a business may sponsor a young person in the program. Big Buddy will do the rest, find a workplace host sites, teach the career workplace skills, etc. A donation for $1,000 will allow the teens working in your business to attend our Tool Time Workshops to strengthen and enforce professional behavior in the workplace. We ask the business community to answer our challenge to put our youth to work and at the same time, strengthen the economic future of our community!”

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