For the first time ever, the City of Moreno Valley and the Moreno Valley Unified School District have signed a joint resolution and are in the process, established a collaborative program designed to provide invaluable work experience to some of the city’s most vulnerable youth.
The city’s Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and Susan Smith, President of the Moreno Valley Unified School Board, signed the resolution that established the Mayor’s Apprenticeship Program Promotion Employment Development or M.A.P.P.E.D.
When the resolution was signed Mayor Gutierrez said, “The opportunity to gain work experience is critical to the future success of our young people. Current circumstances should not define anyone’s future.” He continued, “We as a city have an opportunity to lift up our most vulnerable children and provide them with the skills and the confidence they need to define their futures.”
M.A.P.P.E.D. will provide high school students of all abilities with support, training, and work experience to help them excel after high school. The 12-week program is designed for students with mild to moderate special needs, are English learners and those who come from a lower socio-economic status.
Participants will be selected by the Moreno Valley Unified School District from its existing school to work transition program. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a stipend of up to $500 depending on the number of work hours completed. The program is scheduled to launch this fall.
M.A.P.P.E.D.is not the only way the City of Moreno Valley is partnering for student success. The city also works with the Val Verde Unified School District to provide students with paid internships at a variety of city departments through its Summer at City Hall program.