City funds Summer Youth Employment Program - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

City funds Summer Youth Employment Program

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Some of the 300 young people working for the city in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program stood behind Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber during a Thursday morning press conference on the steps of City Hall.

The annual program gives kids a chance to make some money and keep their minds active. 

"So what this does, again it gives our young people an opportunity to see funding put into their hands," Mayor Tony Yarber said. "They in turn will invest into the city which helps us with tax dollars."

The high school and college students say it's also a good way to keep them out of trouble and on a positive track.  

"I thank the city because I feel as though programs like this one are needed and it's something positive to do in the summer instead of just being out and about and getting in trouble, said Charity Bruce. "They are actually in the workplace knowing, getting experience for the future."

This year the private sector stepped up, providing 425 additional jobs at area businesses.  

"They need two things to be successful, they need education and opportunity," Yarber said. "This gives them both." 

Mayor Yarber says funding the work program was crucial, even in a tight budget year.  It's importance shown in the record number of 1200 applicants who competed for the jobs.

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