Summer youth employment wraps up

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 07/27 2014 09:44PM

Updated 07/29 2014 10:10AM

Update: 10:13 pm, 7/28/14, Monday
CHAMPAIGN -- A job placement program is over but students say it was a rewarding experience. The school district partners with businesses every summer to give kids summer jobs in the twin cities.

City leaders say it's more than just a paycheck; it's an investment in their futures. For many of the kids, it's their first time in a professional setting. About 150 students are a part of the program and 98 percent of them finished.

Students, families and friends met at Garden Hills Elementary School for the closing ceremony. Students were acknowledged for their hard work over the last six weeks with certificates and awards. The district says about eight to ten of them are being offered jobs after the program is over.

Tylon Turner, a student in the program, spent her six weeks working at the city building. Her experience is over, but it's something she'll never forget.

Turner says, "I feel like it's very positive. We don't really get much positive stuff in our community and I think this is one of the greatest things that the community has gave back to the young. This is very helpful. It keeps kids out of trouble during the summer. It gives you something to do rather than doing something in the streets. It's very positive."

Turner is graduating and applying for college. She plans on majoring in early childhood education when she gets there.

To thank the community for giving them this opportunity, students had a day of service. They did some gardening and picked up garbage around town.
Original: 9:44 pm, 7/27/14, Sunday
CHAMPAIGN -- Kids from the Champaign School District are getting ready to say goodbye to their summer jobs. About 150 kids got jobs with local employers as part of the Summer Youth Employment Program.

For the past six weeks, kids got paid for working but they also learned valuable life lessons. The program is coming to an end but the school district says employers are pleased. To show how thankful they are, the students are having a day of service.

The closing ceremony for the program is Monday at Garden Hills Elementary School. It starts at 5:30 pm.

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