Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Continental Management Offers Property Management Experience to Young Residents

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Continental Management Offers Property Management Experience to Young Residents

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Continental Management won a REME Award for Corporate Responsibility for its Summer Workforce Program, which was created for 14- to 18-year-old teens who live in the company's low-income communities. It was designed to provide valuable work and educational experience to inner city youths who may not otherwise have this opportunity. The program started at four Detroit, Mich, properties and successfully expanded to six properties.

"Our goal is to enable young individuals to develop useful groundskeeping, maintenance or office skills, and to build a foundation for soft skills such as teamwork, timeliness, conflict resolution and professionalism," said Gary Offenbacher, CPM, Executive Vice President, Continental Management, Bingham Farms, Michigan. "It is our hope these skills translate into extended opportunities for these youngpeople in the future. At Continental Management, we prioritize community impact, and this program has been a key contributor to the revitalization of the communities it serves."

Malachi Taylor, Summer Workforce member, said, "I've been in the program since it first began and it's been a great experience because it provided me with skills I use every day now. I also believe it's a great way to get kids involved in the community."

Providing Valuable Education and Experience

The program includes an application and interview process, followed by an orientation. It operates on a daily work schedule with trips to community events. These trips help individuals learn and grow their employment skills with property management and industry training, career days and educational field trips. Outings include Michigan Science Center, Wayne State University Campus Tour and Planetarium, Garden Day, cooking class, Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Detroit Tigers games and workshops on personal growth and responsibility, resumé building, interview skills and financial literacy.

Corporate employees, property managers or maintenance supervisors attend program events and speak about workplace values and career paths. Ultimately, Continental Management wants to demonstrate the benefits of continuing education and starting a career. The program gives young individuals exposure to positive and safe community locations in an environment of teamwork, and an alternative to potentially harmful outside factors, such as drug or gang involvement. …

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