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Published on July 19, 2021

Cone Health Launches ConeCorps In Support of Local Teens

ConeCorps supports the Greensboro Police Department’s efforts to provide summer jobs to local teens.

GREENSBORO— As part of a new initiative, Cone Health is supporting job opportunities and equipping local teens with the skills they’ll need to succeed in their future workplaces.

ConeCorps was launched in June in response to Greensboro Police Chief Brian James’ proclamation that local organizations create 500 summer jobs for teens, ages 14 to 17. The proclamation aimed to reduce crime and provide young people with valuable experience as they prepare for life after high school.

This summer, ConeCorps is partnering with GPD, Peacehaven Community Farm and the Guilford Education Alliance to support a cohort of 15 Guilford County Schools students through training, mentoring and employment opportunities. ConeCorps has provided Peacehaven Farm and the GEA with stipends to pay each of the student interns for their work this summer.

“We are so grateful that Cone Health is creatively investing in the long-term health of our community by sharing time, talent and resources in support of Guilford County’s most valuable asset – our children,” said Karen Hornfeck, direct of communication for the GEA.

The program also offers students the opportunity to learn from and connect with the ConeCorps Champions, a group of dedicated Cone Health leaders, physicians and community members, during their summer journeys.

“Providing employment opportunities for our disadvantaged youth not only gives them a job, but it takes them out of potentially harmful environments – at least temporarily,” said Jay Wyatt, MD, a ConeCorps Champion. “It supplants them into areas of productivity with a much different outlook on life’s potential.”

Throughout the summer, ConeCorps has offered students pre-employment support, including interview prep and tips to dress for success. Following the conclusion of their summer work, students will learn about how to build a resume and receive other advice about their next steps toward full-time employment.

The ConeCorps initiative is supported by generous community donations to the Cone Health Area of Greatest Needs Fund.