Lake City Police Department offers summer youth employment program for high school students – Action News Jax


LAKE CITY, Fla. – The Lake City Police Department, in conjunction with CareerSource Florida Crown, the City of Lake City and Columbia County announced the 2022 Youth Summer Employment Program.

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This program offers Columbia County students the opportunity to participate in a 6-week paid internship, where they can gain real work experience that they might not otherwise have at their age.

The Youth Summer Jobs program was started by former LCPD leader Argatha Gilmore to deter young people in Lake City and Columbia County.

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During the summer months, school is not in session and activities for young people are limited. Historical statistics suggest that there is a correlation between idle youth and increased harmful activities such as petty crime. The intention of the program is to reduce the number of idle youth while providing a work opportunity that would allow youth to gain resume writing experience and professional references.

“From start to finish, this program provides students with real-world work experience,” said Police Chief Gerald Butler.

To participate in the program, students must reside in Columbia County, be between the ages of 16 and 18, be actively enrolled in school, have a GED or graduate in 2022, have reliable transportation, and complete the first week of unpaid Soft. Vocational training with CareerSource Florida Crown.

Applicants and their guardian(s) must attend the mandatory meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Parkview Baptist Church from 6:30 p.m.

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For the 2022 program year, students will earn $12.50 per hour, giving them the opportunity to earn $2,400 this summer. Students will receive paid holidays for June 16 and Independence Day. Students work Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are given a one-hour unpaid lunch break at 12:00 p.m. each day.

Students and families can keep up to date with information by checking out the discussion at the Youth Summer Jobs Program event on the police department’s Facebook page. CLICK HERE for more information.


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