Bright Side: ELITE participants show off skills to local employers

By Beau Ebenezer

May 13, 2014 Updated May 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Area students are hoping to stay busy with a brand new job this summer.

More than 100 students from six area high schools have completed training through the ELITE Youth Outreach Program.

Tuesday, they had the chance to show off learned skills to 40 potential employers at the ELITE Job Fair.

Organizers said the program prepares students for the future, but it will also keep them busy during the summer.

"A job is a healthy occupational time," said ELITE Director and Founder, Carl Cannon. "The theory is that if you go to work and you really know what work is, then you will get off you and be too tired to hang in the streets and alleys. They will go look for a pillow."

ELITE participants will graduate at Riverside Community Church on May 22nd.

The public is encouraged to attend.