Lake City Police Department offering Summer Youth Employment Program for high school students

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

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This program provides students of Columbia County the opportunity to participate in a 6-week paid internship, where they are able to gain real work experience they might not otherwise receive at their age.

The Summer Youth Employment Program was initiated by former LCPD Chief Argatha Gilmore to provide a deterrent for the youth of Lake City and Columbia County.

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During summer months, school is not in session and youth activities are limited. Historical statistics suggest there is a correlation between idle youth and increased mischief activities such as petty crime. The program’s intent is to reduce the number of idle youth while providing a work opportunity that would earn the youth’s resume building experience and professional references.

“From start to finish, this program gives students a real-world experience of working,” said Police Chief Gerald Butler.

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

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

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

Students and families can stay current on information by reviewing the discussion in the Summer Youth Employment Program Event on the police department’s Facebook page. CLICK HERE for more information.