CSKT helps tribal youth cure
the summertime blues
PABLO — Approximately 22 Confederated Salish and
Kootenai tribal departments and along with a few Salish Kootenai
College programs and some outside businesses interviewed young job
seekers for summer employment this past Monday.
Hot Springs Representative Tribal Council, member, Mike Kenmille,
exhorts young men and women to keep reaching for their dreams at the
DHRD Summer Youth Employment Job Fair, Monday, June 13. (Lailani Upham
Around 77 applicants showed up for the annual CSKT
Summer Youth Employment Career Fair at the Two Eagle River Gym in hopes
to land the job of their fit.
According to Renee Pierre, CSKT Summer Youth
Program Manager, 70 young people will be put to work for six weeks.
Funding is received from U.S. Department of Labor, she stated.
The summer employment will run from June 20 to
Horse Job Corps medical student Priscilla Raven discusses with students
the importance of drug testing and the effects drugs have on the job.
(Lailani Upham photo)
The Montana Educational Talent Search, Kicking
Horse Job Corps and CSKT Tribal Health Youth and Wellness Coordinator
Pearl Yellowman Caye offered job skill preparation services for
students as they waited in line for interviews.
The Montana Educational Talent Search offer
services to make certain students complete high school and enter
college or vocational school. Talent Search is one of the TRiO programs
(Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services) created in 1965
to provide equal opportunity for higher education to all Americans. It
is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Rene Dubay and Silas Perez with the Montana
Talent Search offered career exploration, tips on interviewing and
basic job seeking skills. The groups were broken up in two parts.
Cedric Earthboy, listens detail-for-detail during a job interview with a tribal department employee. (Lailani Upham photo)
One method used was role-playing, where one
student acted as the employer and the other as job applicant, Perez
explained. “The students really got into the roles. It was a way to
demonstrate a good applicant and a bad one. It was just a way for them
(students) to explore the process of interviewing,” he said.
Kicking Horse Job Corps, located south of Ronan,
is a free education and career technical training program administered
by the U.S. Department of Labor and operated by CSKT that help young
people ages 16 through 24 with career technical and academic training.
Victoria Peterson opts to take her first interview of the day with
Norrie Dusty Bull, CSKT Tribal Contracts and Grants Department, for the
receptionist position. (Lailani Upham photo)
KHJC medical students, Priscilla Raven and Antonio
Trembly discussed the effects of drugs and alcohol regarding
employment. “We both went over why employers do drug testing and the
myths that are there about tampering with drug tests,” Raven said.
“Some of the myths were drinking bleach or vinegar. We told them it
does not work, and does more harm to the body,” she added.
Raven said the students were very engaged and
asked several questions. “They seemed scared at first, then after
awhile they were very attentive and reacted so well to all the
information and questions.”
tune in to interviewers in hopes to land the position they want during
the DHRD Summer Youth Employment Job Fair. (Lailani Upham photo)
Yellowman Caye pumped up the kids prior to
interviews on career exploration, professionalism, teamwork and healthy
work habits. “I was just excited to be a part of the process,” she
said. Yellowman Caye said she covered discussions in career interest
and had the students take some quick personality and characteristic
analysis to help in job matches.
“Last year there was a lot of idle time before the
interviewing and we wanted to make the best of their time while they
wait,” she added.
“In one exercise we used was to help students
speak up,” Yellowman Caye said. One question was whether a tribal
member should receive money at 18 or 21, and why, she explained. The
outcome was half and half she said. “The exercise is way to empower
them on certain issues and concerns,” she explained.
Talent Search coordinator Silas Perez, discusses with a group of summer
youth employment participants the magnitude of job seeking skills.
(Lailani Upham photo)
DHRD Summer Youth Employment begins accepting
applications in March of each year and receives the applications for
For more information on the CSKT DHRD Summer Youth
Employment Program, call Renee Pierre at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1308.