Tribal youth complete summer work program

August 20, 2013 

Young members of the North Fork Rancheria completed their summer employment and were honored at a luncheon at the North Fork Community Center Aug. 9.

Tribal Council Chairwoman Elaine Bethel-Fink distributed certificates of recognition to Vanessa Draper, Steven Sherman, Wayne Hatfield, Tonya Walker, Samantha Cabada, Nathan Styhl, Rikki Rogozienski, Dakota Johnson, Jordyn Ahrens, and Dwayne Hale.

Family Wellness Supervisor Trudy Beihn, luncheon mistress of ceremonies, acknowledged the six employers from the North Fork community who partnered with the rancheria by offering training and a paycheck for the youth during a 10-week period.

The businesses were Gas N' Stuff, North Fork Boosters, Chawanakee Unified School District, Sierra Mono Museum, Mono Nation and Arrowhead Realty.

"The 10 summer employment participants learned the value of hard work, responsibility, and respect while assisting area businesses," Beihn said.

The rancheria's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, under the direction of Jamie Beihn, funded the program as a part of its federal grant to assist tribal citizens in gaining valuable employment skills and experiences.

Also present to honor the young workers were Vice Chair Maryann McGovran and Secretary Katrina Guitierez, as well as most of the young workers parents and family members.

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