Native American Jump Start to Employment Program (NAJSEP)
Employers who are FEWA members have job openings that cannot be filled.
Therefore, FEWA acts as a connecting point for Native American Students, who
are typically in areas with no jobs available, to employers who have jobs
that go unfilled. FEWA is only the means to connect the two groups.
FEWA will provide the Native high school graduates one round trip bus ticket
from the nearest bus station to the nearest bus station to the employer
member. FEWA will send a check for $100.00 to the selected students when
they arrive at their new employers’ place of business.
*FEWA and the NAJSEP Board are not responsible for anything outside simply
giving a student a chance at a job, a round trip bus ticket, and $100.00.
1. The high schools participating in the Native American Jump Start to
Employment Program (“Program”) shall be designated by F.E.W.A. A committee
designated by F.E.W.A. shall make the final selection of nominees that will
participate in the program. NAJSEP Directors, high school counselors, and
FEWA staff shall not be involved in the final selections process for
2. Eligibility for Participants:
a. Must be 18 years or older prior to travel
b. Must be a high school graduate prior to travel
c. No official certified degree of Native American heritage is required…this
program is for Native American Indian students.
3. An agreement shall be executed between the Employer and participant
whereby: Employers shall arrange housing for Program participants. Further,
such employers shall provide for transportation for the Program participant
to and from the employer’s place of business each workday.
4. FEWA shall contact its entire employer membership with information
containing the Program’s requirements. Of this group, F.E.W.A.’s employer
members with interest in participating in the Program shall submit
information online specifying the opportunities which are available.
5. Participants may choose an employer/job opportunity in which they are
interested. Prior to departure for his or her participation in the Program,
each employer shall speak with each selected participant and his/her family.
6. Upon arrival at the employer’s place of business, participants become
eligible for the recommendation criteria of F.E.W.A.’s Freddy Sanchez
scholarship. Should the participant and employer come to an agreement of
employment beyond the initial three months of the Program, the participant
will continue to be eligible (to the extent aforementioned for F.E.W.A.’s
Freddy Sanchez scholarships, however, such worker-participant will no longer
be considered a participant of the Program.
7. F.E.W.A. will contribute a one-time $100 award to each participant’s
acclimatization to his or her position. Such award shall be given upon
arrival of the employer’s place of business. Further, F.E.W.A. will award
each participant with one single one-time round trip bus ticket to each
participant’s home (or closest bus station). The purpose of this award is to
assist the participant in his/her initial days at the city of employment.
Further, should the participant decide to leave employment at anytime for
any reason he/she may use this award to come home without depending on their
8. Each employer and participant’s participation in the Program shall be
voluntary. Such employer and participant are not and shall not act as an
agent of F.E.W.A. in any manner. Also, neither shall act in F.E.W.A.’s
benefit in any manner. F.E.W.A. is not liable or responsible for the acts
and conduct of either employer or participants in the Program. Should any
dispute arise between the employer and participant, F.E.W.A. will not be
held accountable to act as a mediator, adjudicator or any other
neutral-third party dispute resolution participant. F.E.W.A.’s purpose and
involvement with the Program is solely to connect applicants and employers
who may need seasonal workers. Furthermore, F.E.W.A. holds harmless any
disputes, injuries or liabilities arising from the participant’s employment
with the employer.
9. Participant may not have joined the military service prior to
10. Participants must depart for employment by June 15 of any summer.