The Workership Program provides 350 hours of summer employment at minimum wage for students accepted and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate academic program at a two-year or four-year college for the following Fall semester.
When the Workership Program was proposed in 1981 by Donald Exford, Coordinator of the Lewis County Youth Board, the program was designed to meet two goals: 1. Serve the needs of more college students than the previous scholarship program, and 2. Provide job experience related to the college student’s area of study in preparation for career employment. Workership positions were not intended to replace permanent or part-time positions already filled. But instead, Workership positions were to be new positions completing work that traditionally would not get done.
Not-for-profit and government programs delivering services in the area between Boonville and Carthage are urged to apply to sponsor a Workership position(s). Worksite applicants are reminded that Workership sites are selected based upon the following criteria:
1. Workership position provides programming directly to youth.
2. Workership position indirectly supports programming for youth.
3. Workership position provides a quality work experience helping a college student build skills and credentials towards a career path.
4. Workership position relates to the student’s field of study. The student receives internship or academic credit for the summer work.
Careers Here Program
The Careers Here Program was created to give private sector businesses the opportunity to provide a paid internship to local college students and BOCES students in their area of study. The Pratt Northam Foundation is partnering with Lewis County to provide this opportunity. Local businesses are encouraged to contact our Careers Here Coordinator Lisa Hetzner at Lisa.Hetzner@dfa.state.ny.us to get their businesses added to the list of available sites for student opportunities.
This program is a student driven program. It is the students responsibility to contact and then work with Lisa to create their internship.
Bobbi Sue Schmitt, an Early Childhood major at SUNY Cobleskill, serving as the lead teacher for the Hand In Hand school age childcare program in Lowville.
Patti-Ann Strait,a Psychology major at Clarkson University, and Hannah Nortz, a Nursing student at SUNY IT, surrounding the Camp Director at Camp Unirondack in Number 4, NY. Patti-Ann serves the camp as a crew member and Hannah works as the camp’s driver.
Youth Advisory Councils
The purpose for a Pratt Northam sponsored Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is to allow a committee (board ) of students from grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 to make decisions for funding creative ideas proposed by their board and peers.
The first council was established at Lowville Academy and Central School in the 2000 – 2001 school year. The success of that council provided both inspiration and model for others that followed. Carthage Central School started its YAC in 2001 – 2002. Beaver River Central, South Lewis Central, Copenhagen Central, Harrisville Central and Adirondack Central have followed in subsequent years.
The Foundation’s goals when establishing a YAC are:
To encourage creative thinking:
The Foundation hosts a YAC conference each school year for the purpose of gathering the individual YAC Councils together to benefit from sharing their philanthropic activities with each other.
Area YAC Councils gather at their 2018 YAC fall conference for a day of team building.
The Foundation provides the following guidelines to help each YAC do its work in its community. The emphasis of each YAC must be on youth-run or youth-need driven projects.