Youth from an array of programs at Metropolitan Family Services DuPage are learning about a variety of careers available to them as they prepare to enter the working world. On July 15th and 23rd, two groups of teens participated in Camp Old Navy – a job-shadowing experience at the Old Navy store located in Downers Grove.
Camp Old Navy gives youth the chance to go behind the scenes and see what it takes to operate a business. They spend hours rotating through different jobs and tasks, gaining hands-on experience setting up visual displays, price-tagging garments, processing shipments, and greeting customers. Old Navy employees expand on this experience by spending time with participants, talking about their jobs and answering questions.
Marsha Ndoko of the MetroMentors Program has coordinated the partnership between Metropolitan and Old Navy for the past four years. The program provides invaluable, hands-on experience in the retail environment. Youth come away with a better understanding of important job skills such as customer service and punctuality.
Camp Old Navy is part of a multi-year/multi-million dollar commitment sponsored by Gap Inc. Metropolitan is privileged to be part of this wonderful program that serves DuPage County youth.