The 2012 Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program kicked off on Monday as Mayor Alvin Brown welcomed 171 young people, including 46 who were return participants from past years. The program pairs workers ages 16 to 21 with jobs in many aspects of city government, such as park cleanups and clerical work.
Participants must be enrolled in high school or college to participate. The part-time jobs run on a 20-hour-a-week schedule from June 18 to July 27 and pay $7.67 an hour for first-time participants and $7.92 an hour for those who return.
“Helping young people is an investment in our city’s future,” Mayor Brown told the participants. “That’s why I’m proud of all our young people participating in the summer jobs program. This is a great opportunity to learn job skills and make connections that will help you through life.”
The mayor told all of the participants during an orientation rally that he wants them to build their careers in Jacksonville and serve as an example to others.
Continued funding of the Summer Jobs Program comes through the Jacksonville Journey anti-crime initiative.