Summer Programs for Young People

1. Workership

The Workership Program provides 350 hours of summer employment at minimum wage for students accepted and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate academic program at a two-year or four-year college for the following Fall semester.

When the Workership Program was proposed in 1981 by Donald Exford, Coordinator of the Lewis County Youth Board, the program was designed to meet two goals: 1. Serve the needs of more college students than the previous scholarship program, and 2. Provide job experience related to the college student's area of study in preparation for career employment. Workership positions were not intended to replace permanent or part-time positions already filled. But instead, Workership positions were to be new positions completing work that traditionally would not get done.

Not-for-profit and government programs delivering services in the area between Boonville and Carthage are urged to apply to sponsor a Workership position(s).  Worksite applicants are reminded that Workership sites are selected based upon the following criteria:

1.      Workership position provides programming directly to youth.

2.      Workership position indirectly supports programming for youth.

3.      Workership position provides a quality work experience helping a college student build skills and credentials towards a career path.

4.      Workership position relates to the student's field of study.  The student receives internship or academic credit for the summer work.


 Pictured here, on the left, is Duncan O'Brien, a Digital Forensics major at SUNY Albany, working at the Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center in Boonville as an assistant in their Robotics program for young people. On the right is Bobbi Sue Schmitt, an Early Childhood major at SUNY Cobleskill, serving as the lead teacher for the Hand In Hand school age childcare program in Lowville.


 Pictured here on the left is Mindy Maryhugh, an English Education major at Utica College, serving as the 4-H program assistant for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County. On the right from left to right, please see Patti-Ann Strait,a Psychology major at Clarkson University, and Hannah Nortz, a Nursing student at SUNY IT, surrounding the Camp Director at Camp Unirondack in Number 4, NY. Patti-Ann serves the camp as a crew member and Hannah works as the camp's driver.

In recent years, due to increases in the minimum wage, the Foundation has been unable to support as many positions.  In 2019, the Foundation is sponsoring 44 Workership (full and part time) positions at 23 sites and 12 Careers Here positions at a cost $148,365.

Here is the list of sites and positions, along with contact information for information about each position:

Adirondack Mennonite Camping Association
1 Counselor (Beaver Camp)
David Nisley - 315-376-2640

Beaver River CS Summer Rec Program
2 Summer Rec Program Assistants
Zachery Lehman (315) 346-1211

Boonville Black River Canal Museum
1 Intern
Charles Matthew (315) 942-6367

Camp Unirondack
1 Crew Member
Kristofer Fiore - 518-744-9362

Carthage Free Library
1 Summer Reading Program Intern
Linda McCullough - 315-493-2620

Constableville Library
1 Children's Summer Program Intern
Dorothy Valenti - 315-397-2801

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County
2 4-H Program Interns
 Michele Ladoux - 315-376-5270

Croghan Free Library
Asst. Summer Reading Program Coordinator
Eileen Mathys (315) 346-6521

Dodge Pratt Northam Art Center
1 Art Mentor, 1  Musical Theater Mentor
1 Robotics Mentor
JoAnn Ballard - 315-942-5133

Double Play Community Center
1 Recreation Assistant
1 Youth Program Dev. Asst.
Dan Myers (315) 955-9936

Erwin Library & Institute
1 Library Aide
Patricia Thomas (315) 942-4834

Hand In Hand Early Childhood Center
1 Summer SACC Program Assistant
1 Early Childhood Teacher Assistant
Jennifer Bleakley - 315-376-9414

Harrisville Free Library
2 Summer Reading Coordinator
Pamela Conlin -  315-543-2577

Lewis County Chamber of Commerce
1 Marketing Assistant
Kristen Aucter - 315-376-2213

Lewis County Opportunities
1 Community Action Aide
Scott Mathys - 315-376-8202 ext. 247

Lewis County Soil + Water Conservation District
1 Water Quality Intern
Nichelle Swisher - 315-376-6122

Lowville Free Library
1 Summer Reading Program Coordinator
Megan Harney - 315-376-2131

Lyons Falls Free Library
1 Children's Summer Program Coordinator
Carolyn LeVan - 315-348-6180

Mountain View Prevention Services
1 Super Stage Intern
Christopher Paige (315) 376-2321

Oswegatchie Educational Center
1 Camp Counselor
Bill Waite -315-346-1222

Town of Greig
1 Program Director, 1 Rec Director
Marilyn Patterson (315) 348-8272

Village of Boonville
1 Summer Rec Counselor, 1 Lifeguard Summer Rec
Lisa Kalding (315) 943-2052 ext 1201

Villge of Carthage
2 Recreation Assistants
Kristy O'Shaughnessy (315) 493-1060

Village of Croghan
1 lifeguard/swim instructor
(315) 346-6352

Careers Here
10 College Students, 2 BOCES Students
Lisa Hetzner (315) 376-5295



Careers Here: Summer jobs for college students and BOCES seniors or graduates who desire a work experience directly related to their career plans and college/BOCES major (BOCES students may apply for a Careers Here Position after successful completion of one OR two years of their program). Placement can be in a private sector businesses. To apply the students should contact:  

Lisa Hetzner (315) 376-5295



 One the left, please find Jordan Andre, an Economics and Pre-law major at Hartwick College, serving in a Careers Here positon with the Young Law Firm in Lowville. On the right, please see Indy Martin, a Criminal Justice major at Jefferson Community College, and John Walker, a second-year student in the Conservation program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. Indy and John work in BOCES Careers Here positions with the Lewis County Parks and Trails department.

2. Summer Recreation Program Grant

Beginning in the summer of 2009, the Foundation invited government and not-for-profit organizations that provide summer recreation programming for children and young people to apply for a Summer Recreation Program Grant. Beginning in the summer of 2009, Rec. Programs are ineligible to apply for Workership funding.

Summer Recreation Program Grant monies may be used to fund any aspect of a program: staff salaries and benefits, rental of equipment, supplies, transportation, etc. A Pratt Northam summer recreation grant should fund summer programming that would not be provided without the grant. A recreation grant program request may not exceed 20% of a program's total summer program budget and it is expected that a grant request would not exceed $5 per student served by the program.

The following Recreation Programs received funding for the summer of 2018:

Beaver River CS                                                        $1,739
Town of Greig                                                            $2,500
Village of Boonville                                                   $3,000
Village of Carthage                                                   $8,000
Village of Lowville                                                    $4,000


 Pictured here is Victoria Quay, a student at Gordon College from Lowville, leading an activity at the School-age Childcare Program at Hand In Hand Early Childhood Center.


November 16, 2018 - Worksite Applications Distributed to Previous Recipients
(inc Summer Rec 2018 recipients)

December 3, 2018 - Workership Press/Facebook Announcements

January 9, 2019 - Worksite Applications Due

February 6, 2019 - Board Awards Grants

February 20, 2019  - Workership Applicants email funding notification

              Worksites Recipients posted on Pratt-Northam website

March 1, 2019  - Workership "Want ads" placed in 3 local newspapers.

May 1, 2019  - Workership Checks Mailed