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New Summer Youth Program Puts Salisbury Teens to Work

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SALISBURY, Md. – The city of Salisbury, with the help of the Greater Salisbury Committee and other foundations, has begun the first year of a program that hires teens to work for the city.

The summer internship program selected 10 teens to work in various aspects under Public Works. Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath said this is one way to focus on keeping the younger community focused and goal-oriented.

"This is a way to proactively go out and say ‘Listen, we're going to give you the opportunity for the summer for a couple of months. Not only to earn money but to participate in the government of the city," Heath said.

Earlier this year the Greater Salisbury Committee proposed the summer youth program to Mayor Jake Day and the City Council quickly pushed it through to make it happen, setting aside roughly $55,000 in the budget to hire 10 teens for more than two months.

In order to cover part of the cost, the Greater Salisbury Committee with the help of various foundations raised roughly $12,000 that had not been in the 2016 budget.

Jayme Hayes, president of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, said it is not just great for the teens to learn new skills as well as financial tools, it also benefits the city.

"We want these students to one have something to do during the summer.” Hayes said. “But also have an opportunity to give them skills that they can put on their resume for the future or, hopefully, stay in the city and see the opportunities here; that they can work and grow in a job right here for our city."

Friday was the second day of orientation for the group of new city workers. Their jobs will soon be assigned and will last for 10 weeks.

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