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Humane Society supports WorkStarter

SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Humane Society has partnered with the WorkStarterprogram while seeking to create meaningful first jobs for local high school graduates who choose career training and technical skills development. According to Carolyn Smith, executive director of the Humane Society, the non-profit recently matched two recent high school graduates with apprenticeship training for one year. has donated the full cost of the year’s employment to the non-profit organization.

Justina Bradley from St. Augustine just graduated from St. Johns Technical High School and is training at the Humane Society’s grooming facility, Society Pet Spa. Justina is learning the technical skills and front office work involved with running and operating a pet spa along with hands on techniques in grooming. She is working with experienced groomers on staff. Justina will also receive a starter kit with basic pet grooming equipment and supplies as part of her training.

Megan Burnett from Hastings just graduated from Pedro Menendez High School and is training to become a veterinary technician at the Humane Society’s veterinary and surgery clinic. She is working with staff veterinarians, veterinary technicians and volunteers to learn the business and medical side of the practice along with hands on technical training in pet care, procedures and treatments.

WorkStarter, established by volunteers Scott and Barbara Branch of St. Augustine, is initially launching its pilot program open to 2018 high school graduates and non-profit organizations in St Johns County, Florida. The WorkStarter program is funded through the Big Drawer Fund of the American Endowment Foundation.

There are additional non-profit organizations in St. Johns County involved in the WorkStarter program with opportunities for new graduates. For more information, visit the website at

The WorkStarter program is designed to benefit local non-profits and high school graduates while young adults pursue their goals and build job skills. For more information, contact Carolyn Smith at (904) 829-2737 or email Visit the website at



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