Fitchburg – LUK, Inc. is excited to announce its 10th year of the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) paid apprenticeship program. UYC offers an invaluable hands-on experience for young adults interested in exploring careers in the human services field.
On June 20, 10 apprentices and a team leader joined LUK in a variety of placement opportunities across the agency, including clinical services, case management services, adventure-based/experiential learning, prevention/public health, and administration. Apprentices will have the chance to work closely with LUK staff and other community partners, collaborate on real-world projects, and make a difference in the lives of others. This program aims to foster talent, nurture creativity, and inspire the next generation of human service professionals. The ten-week program is split into two five-week halves; the first five weeks are spent with LUK training for a variety of projects, the second five weeks are spent placed in one of LUK’s service programs or in a role at one of LUK’s sister agencies, Aspire and Community Resources for Justice.
LUK’s Career Development Coordinator and 2016 UYC apprentice, Elizabeth Benard, shared, “This apprenticeship allows students to receive trainings and get first-hand knowledge working in the field, while having the support of peers going through the same unique program. I started at LUK in 2016 as an Urban Youth Collaborative apprentice while I was in college. I had the best summer learning about human services and getting some real work experience.”
UYC is funded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to give young adults a chance to explore the Human Services field and to gain experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
LUK, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, health, and well-being of youth, families, and adults in Central Massachusetts. As a community-based organization, LUK’s mission is to challenge and inspire youth, adults, and families to realize their unique potential through community-based prevention, intervention, education, and support services.
For more information about LUK, Inc. visit www.LUK.org, call (800) 579-0000 or find us on Facebook (@LetUsKnowINC). Join us in building communities, family by family!