In a world of oversaturation of media and electronic devices, it’s refreshing to see youth within our community reach out and get involved in apprenticeships that foster hard work and connections with traditional hands-on skills.
In that one sentence, RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service Co-owner Tim Patterson captured the sentiments of many employers and parents. It’s common to see young, unengaged employees, heads in their smartphones at jobs that are just a way to get a little extra spending money. More familiar yet are the jobless teenagers, either uninterested or unable to find employment due to limited job availability in small, rural towns.
Patterson was commenting on his experience as a mentor in the inaugural summer of the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce Youth Apprenticeship Program, funded by the 2018 Ridgway Chamber Open. This year’s golf tournament is coming up on Saturday, September 14 at the Divide Ranch & Club, and will raise money for the summer 2020 apprenticeships.
Read more: Support 2020 Youth Apprenticeships at the Ridgway Chamber Open