An employee in last year's summer youth employment program helps repair a sidewalk.

400 young people in DeKalb got summer jobs thanks to county program

DeKalb County helped 400 young people land jobs and internships for this summer, the county announced Friday.

The residents, ages 14 to 24, will work in both the private and public sectors thanks to the DeKalb Works Summer Youth Employment Program. This year’s program was fairly competitive, with 2,700 people applying.

“In addition to receiving a paycheck, these youth are being introduced to job skills and a work ethic that will benefit them as they progress through life,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said in a statement.


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There are more than 100 public partners offering jobs, including the county’s Board of Commissioners, tax commissioner, district attorney, sheriff, solicitor-general, clerk of Superior Court, CEO and school district. More than 100 private employers, including Ricoh, Allstate Insurance, Datum Tech, Grady Health Systems, Wade Walker YMCA and the Clarkston Community Center are providing internships.

The young people employed through the program will make $10 per hour. The jobs and internships are funded by county, WorkSource DeKalb and the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

It is the third year DeKalb has done the summer employment program.

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