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County looking to hire young workers for summer program

County looking to hire young workers for summer program

Getting your first job can be tough, especially for teens with no experience. Escambia County has a new summer program to get them into the workplace.

It's called the Youth Employment Program. Similar programs were successful a number of years ago. Teens will actually go to work in county departments, getting exposure to the world of work and earning their own money.

The program is open to young people age 16 to 20. Those who qualify will work up to 20 hours a week at $8.10 per hour.

They'll also get job readiness training. Applicants must live in Escambia County and the household must meet income guidelines.

County Commissioner Lumon May worked in a similar program when he was young. He said it could make all the difference for someone facing challenges who wants a different life.

Commissioner May said, "When we provide them this opportunity, it'll last. We won't save them all, but there will be one or two people where the light bulb will come on and they'll say you know what, because of this opportunity I want to do better, I want to stay here in Escambia County, I want to graduate."

The deadline for applications is 3 p.m. Monday. More information and an application packet can be found on the county website.

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