As Jackson city leaders look to make up for a budget shortfall, summer youth programs could be on the chopping block
It's still unknown just how much budget constraints will impact the Jackson city youth job and enhancement programs this summer. There are, however, alternative opportunities for young people.
The Boys and Girls club of Central Mississippi hires dozens of people to work in their summer programs.
Several showed up for their job fair Monday, including some teens looking for summer work.
"It's kind of hard," said Shantelia McIntyre, who interviewed for several jobs. "You have to stay focused if you really want a job."
The Boys and Girls club is offering several summer camps for youth, many involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"We have NASA with their astronomic program they're going to be doing on the coast," said Ron Thornton. "So we have a partnership with Mississippi State and their art institute will be here doing a week long summer camp as well, so it's an unlimited amount of vast things the kids will be exposed to this summer."
You can sign kids up for the boys and girls club summer camps on their website or at the Capitol Street location.
Jackson city officials say some of their summer programs are funded through grants. They should have a better idea of how many youths will be effected in the coming weeks.
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