CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois has some of the highest teen unemployment rates, but the city and Unit 4 School District hope to change that. Monday, they kicked off the Summer Youth Employment Program. It's in its fourth year and gives about 150 kids a summer job.
The six-week program involves about 70 businesses offering students a position for the summer. Families sat inside the auditorium at Centennial High School to hear a keynote speaker. He told them about the importance of hard work and a job well done. It's a paid position and the money will add some much-needed dollars to households in the area.
Students are required to have fewer than two in or out of school suspensions, a 2.0 or higher GPA and 90% attendance for the past two semesters. Finally, their family must qualify for free or reduce lunches. The kids will get training this week and learn basics like being on time and being professional. Their first day on the job is June 16.
CHAMPAIGN -- School's out and a lot of kids are searching for summer jobs. A program in Champaign is helping them. About 150 students will get a job with a local business.
It's all part of the Summer Youth Employment Program with Unit 4 schools and the city. For six weeks, the kids will work and get paid, learning valuable lessons to take with them. This is the fourth year for the event.
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