Commissioner Steve Bradshaw allocated $62,200 for 50 additional 2020 summer internship program slots. CONTRIBUTED

DeKalb County adds 50 slots to summer youth jobs program

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 10 approved an allocation of $62,200 from Commissioner Steve Bradshaw’s District 4 2019 midyear reserves to fund an additional 50 slots in the 2020 DeKalb Works Summer Youth Employment Program, according to a press release.

The WorkSource DeKalb program, sponsored by DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond and the Board of Commissioners, received approximately 2,500 applications for the 2019 summer internships season. Approximately 400 youth received jobs and were paid $10 per hour.

“Based on the number of applications submitted for employment, it was apparent to me that there is an overwhelming interest of youth in DeKalb County who want to work,” Commissioner Bradshaw said. “Keeping young people engaged in work and other constructive activities is a win-win for DeKalb County. The allocation that I have made is my way of contributing to a program that I believe worth every dollar we can put towards youth.”

The DeKalb Works Summer Youth Employment Program runs six weeks each summer. DeKalb County residents ages 14-24 are eligible to apply. Interns receive work experience and skills training in customer service, office management and various other jobs.

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