By KIMBERLY ALLEN
With about a month of school left most kids are already thinking about their summer plans, and if your child intends on working there are opportunities available here.
Hearts to Nourish Hope, a Riverdale non-profit organization, has two goals: keeping the community safe and encouraging youth to explore and develop their potential for good. Their Summer Jobs PLUS for Youth program is one way they accomplish this by offering jobs to students. Applicants must be 14 to 24 years old, a Clayton County resident and meet income qualifications. Please call 770-997-4517 and 770-997-4511 for more information, as May 15 is the deadline to submit applications.
Among the employers Hearts to Nourish Hope has partnered with is Clayton County Public Schools. At least 400 students can take advantage of summer programs which include a Youth Summer Learning Program where students enhance their skills in arts and technology; a Summer Employment Program working at CCPS or another Clayton County business; and a Summer (12th graders) Computer-based Credit Recovery Program.
Youth will work between May 1 and September 30 earning $6.55 to $11 per hour. According to Dr. Ken Sanders, Acting Director of Learning Support Services, “The work experience will give our students exposure to the working world, career opportunities and an understanding of how school is connected to economic success.” Applications will be available online and at all CCPS High Schools starting this week.
Hearts to Nourish Hope is still looking for other employers to partner with as well. If you know of any summer opportunities for students, please share.
Walk to raise money for Pediatric Stroke Survivors on May 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jester’s Creek Walkway, Battlecreek Library, Jonesboro. If the event is rained out, meet at Southlake Mall to walk.