MONROE, La. - Bells were ringing, but school was not in session for the hundreds of students who gathered for the City of Monroe's annual Youth Summer Job Program.
The program was created for students ages 16 to 24. It allows youth in the community to ease into the workforce and learn how to be financially responsible.
Although the mayor's office says they receive around 800 applications, the program is extemely competitive with only 200 slots available.
Once selected students will have the chance to work at local offices, community centers as well as work outside jobs as lifeguards and with Monroe's Green Team.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo was created to provide students with jobs and help them understand money.
"We know that many of the students in our community have hard times as well. So we want to make sure we afford them the opportunity to be productive citizens even at a very young age," said Mayor Mayo.
For more information on the Summer Youth Job Program, click here.
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