BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
Thirty local teens will be working full time this summer thanks to a student work program offered by the City of Daytona Beach.
Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry recently announced that 30 youth, ages, 15-18, were accepted into the eight-week program.
“As an educator, I am happy to announce a new youth summer employment program at City Hall that is near and dear to my heart,” Henry shared.
The Youth Employment Summer (YES) is designed to provide high school students with full-time jobs in the city’s summer recreation programs within the Leisure Services department. They will be making $8 an hour.
Learning marketable skills
The program is aimed at teaching at-risk youth positive work habits and marketable skills.
Participants will gain meaningful employment experience and receive mentoring and lessons in financial literacy.
The summer program will provide hands-on education and job training to students from diverse backgrounds, with a special emphasis on serving underperforming and high-risk youth.
$40,000 in donations
According to information provided to the Times, mentors will use cultural affirmation, social awareness, and community building in an effort to empower young people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to achieve their fullest potential.
Donations totaling $40,000 paid for the program and no tax dollars were used in the funding.
According to Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson, life skills, work experience, education and a reduction in delinquency are all goals of the program.
“Our long-term objective is to increase the number of students enrolling in post-secondary education after successful completion of our programs,” Williamson shared.
Mayor Henry has asked citizens to “please join us by volunteering in our schools and community organizations to mentor a child. If each adult reaches out to one wayward or struggling young person, we can save this generation.”