Fifty local college students gained employment Thursday through a job fair set up by the California Teaching Fellows Foundation, which will place them in vital positions mentoring Madera’s youth.
Through a partnership with SoluNet — a privately-owned company that creates after-school programs — and Madera Unified School District, the jobs within CTFF will place Madera’s college students in a wide variety of student enrichment positions.
“The focus of this is to take children and place them in a productive, safe environment,” said Robert Chavez, chief academic officer for MUSD. “Instead of children being out there playing Xbox all afternoon or watching the boob tube all day, or unfortunately getting into trouble of some sort, they’re here at school learning, playing, keeping fit, just doing any number of great things.”
CTFF marketing and site liaison Jennifer Reda agreed with Chavez and said that the goal for Madera — every area has different goals — was to provide after-school programs that keep students off the streets...