Applicants sought for city’s Summer Youth Program

The city’s successful Summer Youth Employment Program will continue again this year and organizers will accept applications for 30 paid positions from now through April 14.

Mayor Jake Day and the City Council, in partnership with Junior Achievement and the Greater Salisbury Committee, created the program last summer to provide teens in Salisbury with the skills and knowledge  they need to succeed and thrive post-graduation.

The program spans 10 weeks, and includes training through Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore’s JA Fellows Program.

Volunteers from JA, under Executive Director Jayme Hayes, will work with the Fellows participants throughout the 10 weeks to ensure optimal on-the-job performance, and will counsel the participants on resume and soft skill development.

By the end of the program, participants will have established work experience history, learned valuable job skills, cultivated the knowledge necessary for future career growth, and gained access to business resources in and around the city.

Job applications will be available on the city’s website under the “I Want to Apply” tab.  The only requirements are that the applicant be in high school and within the ages of 16 to 18.

This year the program is seeing an expansion by adding two more paid positions thanks to the success of last year.

There are nine Public Works positions, two Salisbury Police Department positions and one Housing and Community Development Department position available to high school students in Salisbury.

In addition to those 12 positions, the Greater Salisbury Committee has partnered with their membership to provide an additional 18 jobs for this program year’s ten-week program.

“We are committed to the long term success of every young person growing up in Salisbury.  This program represents a giant leap forward in what our City does for our kids’ futures.  Last year was a huge success, and we’re happy to be expanding the program so that we can give more of Salisbury’s youth opportunities for growth, and experience working for the City and its partners.” said Mayor Day about the program.

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