‘The Hard Work­ers’ are back

Youth Ser­vices Co-op look­ing for work con­tracts

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Ten young work­ers from the Evan­ge­line re­gion have just re­booted “The Hard Work­ers” Youth Ser­vices Co-op for the sum­mer of 2017 to of­fer an odd job ser­vice to busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The bilin­gual work­ers, aged 12 to 15 years, are ready to babysit, mow laws, wash cars, paint, clean, do gar­den­ing, do house­keep­ing or what­ever other odd job needs to be done, all at a rea­son­able rate.

“They are now look­ing for con­tracts that will al­low them to work, gain ex­pe­ri­ence and earn a bit of spend­ing money for the sum­mer,” ex­plains Stéphane Blanchard, youth eco­nomic devel­op­ment of­fi­cer with RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the or­ga­ni­za­tion that over­sees the co-op. “The youth are hop­ing that peo­ple from the com­mu­nity will hire one or more of them for a few hours or a few days.”

When the co-op (or YSC) re­ceives a work or­der, the co­or­di­na­tors es­ti­mate the vol­ume of work re­quired and ne­go­ti­ate a price. When the work is com­pleted, they check to make sure the task has been per­formed well. The co-op re­tains 10 per cent of the in­come to pay its var­i­ous op­er­a­tional ex­penses while the bal­ance is paid in salaries to the young work­ers.

One con­tract has al­ready been ne­go­ti­ated. RDÉE will use a $3,000 grant from the P.E.I. French Health Net­work to hire young peo­ple from the co-op to build six small chil­dren’s pic­nic ta­bles and six adult-sized pic­nic ta­bles and to de­liver them to the six fran­co­phone school-com­mu­nity cen­tres of the prov­ince.

These ta­bles will be placed near the com­mu­nity gar­dens that have been es­tab­lished at each of the cen­tres. Two raised beds will also be set up at each cen­tre.

Thanks to an agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated with the French lan­guage school board, the co-op has ac­cess to the school work­shops at Evan­ge­line School for its con­struc­tion projects.

Those wish­ing to get a free es­ti­mate or to place a work or­der are asked to con­tact She­laine Gal­lant at she­laine@rdeeipe. org or 902-315-2880.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jake Gal­lant, left, and Jaden McIn­nis, mem­bers of The Hard Work­ers Youth Ser­vices Co-op, keep busy pre­par­ing plants for trans­plan­ta­tion into the veg­etable and herb gar­den near Evan­ge­line School in Abram-Vil­lage.

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