The Idaho National Laboratory has partnered with the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy to discuss future jobs for teens struggling in high school.

INL plans to promote multiple job opportunities within the field of science, technology, engineering and math, and the chance for employment provided at INL. At the moment there are currently 50 full-time jobs available at INL, according to their job search website.

“When we provide an experience complete with STEM education and information on career opportunities, we are building their confidence, helping them see value in what they are learning and reinforcing the bright future that is in store for each one of these teens,” said Anne Seifert, INL’s manager of K-12 STEM outreach.

Working with the youth is one of many ways that INL has given back to Idaho.

INL announced that they have 4,256 employees working, which indirectly created 7,771 jobs for people that associated with the laboratory according to their press release on Jan. 4 and the release of the INL Economic Summary, Research and Development for the 2017 fiscal year. The press release also said INL’s new employees and profits have made a $1.9 billion contribution to the economy of Idaho.

“As a native of Idaho, it is great that a lab as big as INL has grown and given back as much as it has,” said Trace Beaucannon, a freshman studying animal science. “Economic success is great, but the efforts put into helping high school aged teens and providing STEM jobs for college students make a bigger difference.”

While the outreach to teenage students will be primarily focused in northern Idaho, Director of Business Research for INL Will Jenson, said in an interview with Lane Williams, a communication professor, that jobs provided by INL are generally concentrated in eastern Idaho which then ripples out to other parts of Idaho.

“You can go to Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and Rexburg and see companies that are suppliers to INL making things like containment vessels for nuclear material and even companies that publish reports for them doing technical writing,” Jensen said.