Summer 2013 City of Savannah To Offer Paid Summer Program (Savannah, Ga.)

Date: June 14, 2013

Working with the Juvenile Courts and Ombudsman, the City of Savannah announces plans to offer The Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program to 40 City of Savannah youth. The paid program will provide academic assistance, life skills development and job skills training to youth 14-16 years old during a seven-week program June 17-August 1. Program participants will be referred to the program by the Chatham County Juvenile Court administrator’s office or Ombudsman Educational Services.

Participants will:

  • Work with a certified Math teacher on basic math and with a certified English Language Arts/Reading teacher.
  • Attend sessions on life skills development to include conflict resolution, time management, leadership, personal health and wellness, and financial management.
  • Earn $7.25 per hour for all training and work hours completed.
  • Visit cultural institutions, including museums and theaters.
  • Complete courses in job readiness, job safety, CPR and Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) in landscaping or painting and finishing.
  • Provide painting and yard work for low-income homeowners.
  • Work with the City’s Downtown Services to beautify downtown Savannah through tree, lawn and square maintenance.
  • Receive financial literacy training and establish a personal savings account through a local credit union or bank. Half of their pay will be automatically deposited into their savings accounts.
  • Receive individualized time and attention from mentors.

Students referred to the Savannah Pre-Apprentice Pilot Program for 2013 must be between the ages of 14-16 and a resident of the City of Savannah. Students must also exhibit a motivation to change, not have committed more than one non-violent crime and if the student is a court involved youth they must have at least one year remaining on probation.

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