MONROE, La. - Summer months are nearing and the City of Monroe wants to make sure that the youth are employed.
A paper route, fast food restaurant or a store in the mall.
When school lets out teens and young adults are often looking to earn extra cash.
And, the city is making the search less stressful.
"This summer we are going to hire up to 150 young people that are ages 16 to 24," said City of Monroe spokesman Rod Washington.
He continued,"We know that for many this will be their first job ever first time to make their own money and saving for school clothes."
The six week program offers students the chance to work in three departments.
The green team, community affairs and as lifeguards.
Positions that some say could help jumpstart their transition into adulthood.
"It was very important for me to get that first job because it kind of like started me for my journey to know what i needed to do and where i needed to go," Daizha Wilson.
Teaching them valuable life lessons every hour on the clock.
"If you teach a child to work when they young then they won't lose that idea as they mature," said Clydell P. Jones.
Ideas that will stick around long after the job is done.
Helping to build basic skills necessary to be successful.
"It taught me a little bit about how to make money, how to budget a little bit and it was a good experience," said John Tidwell.
An experience that will them as the leaders of the future.
"We need the young people to be aware that they are going to have to carry on after we are gone and in order to know something or do something you have to first be taught," said Jones.
The deadline to apply for the city's youth summer job program is Friday, April 6th.
Click HERE for the list of requirements and the link to apply to the 2018 Youth Summer Job Program.
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