Applications open soon for DeKalb’s (paid) youth jobs training program

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The application period for DeKalb County’s next summer jobs training program for youths begins Tuesday.

The next iteration of the DeKalb Virtual Career Academy will run from June 6 to July 8 and is open to county residents age 14-24. Participants will be paid $10 per hour to take part in classes that include academic counseling, career preparation and “motivational/empowerment training.”

The program is a partnership between the county governments, the local school district, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, WorkSource DeKalb and community resource agencies.

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“As the economy continues to recover and high gas prices make transportation unaffordable for some part-time jobs, DeKalb County will continue to offer our summer jobs program as a virtual career academy,” DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond said in a release.

Those interested can apply at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/careeracademy starting Tuesday. The application period will remain open through April 25.

A total of 800 spots will be available, but demand is typically high — more than 7,000 youths applied for the program in 2020.

Participants will be selected through a lottery system.

Questions about the program should be directed to Denise Kenner-Virgil at dkenner@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-687-3400.