• Preparing for college? Look into SMECO Scholarships!

      SMECO is offering four $1500 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who want to be prepared for what the future has to offer. Application deadline: April 3, 2018 Eligibility requirements: Be a high school senior graduating in 2018 Live with parents or guardians who are SMECO customer-members Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale Provide a copy of SAT or ACT scores Get the application: Download the application at smeco.coop/scholarships or visit your school’s guidance counselor for details. Submit the application: Drop off your completed application and supporting documents at SMECO’s Hughesville office or Leonardtown office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or Mail the package…

  • Are you a young adult age 18-24 who wants to earn your high school diploma?

      If so look no further…… ABE – Adult Basic Education/ GED® – General Educational Development classes are now offered at: Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland Youth & Young Adult Program in partnership with Lifelong Learning Center. January 2018 Classes are open for registration now. Education is the key that unlocks doors! National External Diploma Program®(GED® Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am- 12pm Location: Tri-County Council for So. Maryland Youth & Young Adult Program Preston Square II 102 Paul Mellon Court, Suite 104 Waldorf, MD 20602 For more information or to register call 301-374-8199. Classes are small, and seating is limited so register now to reserve your seat. Equal Opportunity…

  • Tri-county agencies push to help ‘disconnected youth’

    20/1/2017 By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somdnews.com In Southern Maryland, one in 10 young people are neither in school nor working. They’re often referred to as the “disconnected youth” or “opportunity youth.” For the group between the ages of 16 and 24, not being connected to traditional anchor institutions such as schools and jobs is a major barrier for them to successfully transition into healthy adulthoods. And the impact goes beyond individual lives, as local communities bear the societal cost of higher rates of unemployment, youth homelessness and teen pregnancies, as well as lower levels of education attainments. “How do we get young people to get to where they need to be?”…

  • Stefan’s Story

    When I registered in the youth employment program at Southern Maryland JobSource, I lacked confidence and was extremely nervous about working, because I had never worked before. I completed a career assessment to explore different career options based upon my interests. I wanted to start off in retail because of my love for fashion. After working closely with a case manager, I noticed a huge leap in my self-confidence. I practiced interviewing techniques with the case manager, and she provided me with constructive feedback. For instance, when I would give a thumbs-up or shake my head, the case manager explained that those were not appropriate gestures, and that I should…

  • Riche’s Story

    In the 11th grade I was very distracted, not paying attention, and doomed to academic failure. My father enrolled me in the Maryland Challenge Program where I obtained a high school diploma. A few months later I enrolled in the Americorps program with hopes of continuing with a college degree upon completion. However, my life took a number of twists and turns; I was in and out of jobs, unable to make ends meet. One day it dawned on me that my life was going nowhere. All my dreams were going down the tubes. Nothing seemed stable. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was driving in the rain…