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City's youth jobs filled for the summer

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Beginning June 1st, young people ages 16 to 21 will be working for Jackson's city government 20 hours each week, indoors and outdoors.

"You'll see us in parks, on the side of the street, lifeguarding, having meaningful experiences, benefiting not only the individual but the City of Jackson," said Director of Human and Cultural Services Michael Raff.

The jobs will pay minimum wage or $7.25 per hour.  250 applicants have already been hired, and this week the city council approved 115 more slots.  But don't try to apply if you haven't already.

"We're not opening the application process.  We will select students that were not selected before.  We'll go back and look at those applicants," explained Youth Employment Coordinator Beverley Johnson-Durham.

If you are lucky enough to have landed a position, city officials advise you take it seriously.

"The mayor has made it very clear he doesn't want them standing around the water cooler. We'll make sure this is a very important experience for them," Raff said.

The City of Brandon had 60 youth jobs available, and all of the positions were filled as of Wednesday. 

The City of Madison hires mostly concession workers for spring and summer youth employment.  All of that city's positions have also been filled. 

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