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05/31/94

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YOP ready to kick off 26th Summer Program

_STANFORD -- The Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) is looking for faculty and staff supervisors to train students on a part-time basis as part of its 26th annual summer program.

The YOP is a "learning and earning" program for disadvantaged youth aged 14 to 21 who live in Stanford's neighboring communities.

YOP supervisors provide more than on-the-job skills training; they act as models of professional behavior in the workplace, provide support and guidance, engage the students in discussions regarding their future goals, encourag e the students to pursue their education, and "make a real contribution to the viability of our local communities," said Valerie Beeman, coordinator of the program.

The program runs from June 27 through Aug. 19. Some funding is available for part-time positions in research labs. Research positions are highly desired by many of the YOP students, since they are interested in possible medical , scientific or engineering careers. Because many faculty members and research associates are operating on grants, without the funding they might otherwise be unable to sponsor a student.

Departments and administrative units that are interested should call the YOP office at 723-1144, or send an electronic message to at.yop@Forsythe.

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