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Safe Sitters gives job skills training to pre-teens

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YAKIMA, WASH-- A national program is giving preteens valuable life skills that they can turn into part-time jobs.

Don't let the happy faces and squeals of delights fool you... This is not playtime.  Its job training.  These students are taking advantage of the summer to build some valuable work skills.

Elise Toney is  part of a group of pre teens learning every aspect of the baby sitting industry: CPR, emergency response, dealing with different age groups, and running their own business.

SafeSitter is a national program teaches 11 to 13 year olds on the safety and logistical aspects of baby sitting.  Yakima has held training sessions all summer.

As a twelve year old, Elise doesn't have many employment options, but with her SafeSitter her training...she feels ready to tackle not just the childcare industry... But the job market in general.

"I feel sophisticated I'm making money off something I love to d which a lot of people don't get to do…I'm excited, " she told KNDO.

Elise and her classmates graduate tomorrow and become official safe sitters.  Here in Yakima the safe sitters program is offered through memorial hospital.  They have one more session this summer.