Another summer - a great opportunity for a Newfoundland student, Olivia Crane

BAY ROBERTS, NEWFOUNDLAND — Olivia Crane, 17, spent part of her summer in 2009 gaining valuable hands-on experience at the Eastern School Board of Newfoundland, tutoring summer school students in the mornings and going to various schools in the afternoons helping out wherever needed.

Olivia’s job was funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. This Government of Canada initiative provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students, and is designed to focus on local priorities, while achieving tangible results for both students and their communities.

This fall, Olivia will attend the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, majoring in Business. She hopes to eventually obtain a concentration in Human Resources and Labour Relations.

While Olivia hopes to work in business, she feels that her experience with the school board has been beneficial. When asked what she will take away from the experience, Olivia says: “Firstly, I am hoping to study human resources, so seeing how different people react to different situations within the schools, such as the students, teachers, my fellow tutors and the caretakers has been helpful.”

Working with the school board has made Olivia interested in potentially pursuing a career in education: “This job is what made me choose that. I now have experience in what it is like to be a teacher and correct exams, develop answer keys, discipline students and help them out.”

Helping students and seeing the impact she can have on people has been important for Olivia.  “I will remember my grade 9 students that I tutored, and how they went from failing math that school year, to achieving marks as high as 80’s and 90’s consistently. It felt good to know I was truly helping them and it showed,” she says.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan committed $10 million for 2009 and another $10 million for 2010 for Canada Summer Jobs. The budget for the initiative is $97.5 million plus the additional funding from the Economic Action Plan for 2010. The budget is allocated across the 308 federal constituencies, and largely supports work for students in not-for-profit organizations.