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Summer Ends and Winter Begins for Sports

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By Garrett White, Recreation Coordinator


The summer adult sports programs are coming to an end after a busy summer.  The Spring Softball league grew from 93 teams the year before to 108 teams.  The Fall Softball league grew from 72 teams last year to 84 teams this year.  When combining both leagues, the program grew 27 teams from the prior year.  All games were played at Storey Park, Bear Creek Park, and Tully Park, Monday through Friday. 


Earlier this year in May was the 2nd Annual Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament.  There were six teams in the tournament with three of them being from out of state (one team from Washington and two from Utah).  We are hoping to have eight to 10 teams next year.


Dodgeball has begun!  This program is going into its fourth year and still going strong.  There are 20 teams for 2011, and all games are played at Heritage Middle School, Meridian Middle School, or Cole Valley Christian School.  There are two coed divisions and one open division.  This is a great sport that takes you back to your school days.  Games are played Monday through Friday in the evening. 


The Adult Flag Football league will start on September 13 at Storey Park.  There are 11 teams this year in the league.  All games will be played on Tuesday or Thursday until November 17.  This is a passing-only league meant for adults to get some exercise and throw the football around all at the same time.  Game times range from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 


Volleyball is just around the corner.  The last day to register for the Winter Volleyball league is September 23.  We can only register up to 80 teams, due to gym space.  Last year we had turn away eight teams, so please hurry and sign up.  The league will begin on October 24. 


The Adult Basketball league follows close behind volleyball and will start on November 1.  Last year the league was at its maximum capacity consisting of 26 teams.  This year will be the same story; only a total of 26 teams may register, due to gym space.  The last day to register is October 7.  All games are played at Meridian Middle School, Monday through Friday. 


For more information on any of these activities listed above or to get your name on an interest list, contact the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department by calling 888-3579 or emailing recreation@meridiancity.org. 

Youth Work Life Skills Program

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By Crystal Ritchie, HR Manager City of Meridian

This summer the City of Meridian Human Resources Department was very pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for students between the ages of 14 to 17 to be introduced to the functions of city government and develop real life work skills.  This program is called the Youth Work Life Skills Program.


 The Youth Work Life Skills Program provided 15 young individuals the opportunity to learn a basic understanding of local city government and develop administrative and practical skills that will serve them well in future occupations.  The participants gained hands-on experience and provided clerical support to several departments.  In addition they learned how to organize their time, provide excellent customer service, and understand the expectations and responsibilities of holding a job.


The interns provided over 1,329 hours of assistance and support to the city’s various departments which was invaluable. Mark Niemeyer, Meridian Fire Chief said “The summer internship program provided a valuable opportunity for young men and women to learn how City departments function and operate. For an individual considering a future career in the public sector, this experience will no doubt help shape that decision.”


In the Wastewater Department, they were responsible for entering manhole inspection data from paper inspection forms into Hansen 8, our infrastructure asset management system.  This included looking up each manhole in our Public Works GIS system to verify location information.  They job shadowed our Water Operators and gained an understanding of the daily functions they perform.  They were also responsible for the ground maintenance and beautification of the Water Treatment Plant and associated facilities. At City Hall several interns worked in Human Resources, Public Works, Fire Administration, Parks and Recreation, City Clerks, and the Mayor’s office learning the daily operations of office logistics, answering telephones, greeting visitors, and providing general office assistance.


One parent said “I just want to extend a huge thank you to the City of Meridian for the opportunity you guys are giving with this city internship.  I think it is so awesome that the City is doing this for the up coming adults.  My daughter is so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the program.  She called me after her new hire orientation to inform me she is now a “city employee”. 


Another parent said  “This was the first time my son experienced the whole employment process; from filling out the application, to being interviewed and selected, going through orientation, learning new skills and carrying out assigned duties, getting feedback on his performance, submitting time sheets, and receiving paychecks (the best part!). Through the process, I watched him mature and gain confidence in his abilities. He will be a better equipped job applicant and employee in the future as a result of this program. It also opened up some new career possibilities for him to consider which is awesome.”


These young adults are our future and we hope that their participation in this type of program introduced them to new, or enhanced, valuable work / life skills that will benefit them in their future choices, continued education, and job related opportunities as well as help them be successful at whatever they pursue. 


We are excited to see what the summer of 2012 holds for this successful program.