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Jackson summer youth programs still in limbo

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Hundreds of young people are still waiting to find out if they could be without summer jobs as well as an educational camp to attend.

The City of Jackson's youth summer programs are still on the chopping block.

Yum Yum Shaved Ice and Treats is a new business in Jackson, but the staff is growing because they have hired several young people to help this summer.

“It is important because it teaches the value of hard work, gets them away from the wrong crowds and it gives them something to do,”  said employee Angie Robbins.

Due to a lack of city funds this year, hundreds of young people in Jackson who were also hoping to make some money in the next week or two may not get that opportunity now because the Youth Summer Job Employment Program is in limbo. The Summer Enrichment Camp is also on the chopping block.

“This is horrible. I have teenagers, I have a thirteen year old and a twenty year old and they need some type of extracurricular activity to do,” said Robbins

When the city was asked about Jackson youth programs this summer, they said there was still no official decision on budget cuts and the city council and mayor have to agree on any reductions.

“What's going to happen when they have nothing to do? I believe there is money somewhere,” said Co-pastor Janie Taylor said.

Taylor, of Greater Grace Tabernacle of Deliverance in Jackson, runs a women and children shelter, and she said the church is already thinking about alternatives to help the kids.

“We are starting a campaign called Blessed Jackson, and during the month of July we are going to do something for the kids here out on the grounds,” said Taylor.

Jackson is still offering a number of free summer camps; Jackson Fire Department’s Kids Academy, The Youth Citizen’s Police Academy (YCPA), which is a 1-week summer program designed to give participants a chance to gain insight into solving issues facing teenagers and learn about police operations.

The one-week session focuses on a variety of topics that pertain to careers in law enforcement. Session topics include:

  • Mechanics of Arrest & Defense Tactics
  • Anti-Bullying Training
  • Drug & Gang Awareness Training
  • Police Headquarters & Precinct Tours
  • Gun Safety
  • Tour  of the 911 Communications & Police Museum
  • Physical Fitness & Nutritional Training

The first session is June 13 – 17 and the second session is July 11-15. To sign up, call 601-960-1378. To sign up for the Kids Academy, call 601-960-1399.

Information for the Environmental Camp can be found here.  

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