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FOR OUR NEXT GUEST IT'S ALL ABOUT PREPARING THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE MIDSOUTH FOR THEIR FUTURE Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:19:10 +0000 LML: CITY OF MEMPHIS YOUTH REGISTRATION FOR OUR NEXT GUEST IT'S ALL ABOUT PREPARING THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE MIDSOUTH FOR THEIR FUTURE WATN >> local memphis live continues with your host, amy speropoulos. >>amy: they say it is never too soon to start reading. joining us to tell us about some programs that are open right now two kids like employee and memphis ambassador program. welcome mike griffith. tell us about this program. >> we have two major programs one is called employ which is a six-week summer experience they also have a year-round program. we are in a registration period throughout the month of december. >>amy: wonderful. what do kids need to have to get into these programs. >> a student must be 14 to 22 years of age. >>amy: okay. >> they must be a resident of memphis. you can go city of memphis period is over we will have a lottery where we will choose individuals to be participants in our program. >>amy: this was started when mayor jim strickland got into office, and part of the thinking, ike, was to give every young people things to do so they did not have idle time. how has that been working? >> it is working great. as a matter of fact, when the mayor got in, we just had 1000 open. we have increased to 1250 openings for young people. it really has increased a whole lot under this administration. we are so elated because it is important to know that we have a mayor that is real compassionate for our young people. we want to give our young people incentives. if we have our young people go to their jobs and work and be presentable and be respectful, they don't have to go through an application process again if they get a good evaluation from the company where they work. we don't want to reinvent the wheel every year. >>amy: right. >> we want to be sure to give our young people an incentive to be good workers. >>amy: it is working because the young people that are coming through this program, when they are done with the program, they are realizing the importance of addressing the part, of showing up on time, of being a good citizen and a good employee in the city. >> we tell our young people you don't know where this will take you after six weeks. we've had some of our young people being employed after the six weeks is over. that is good incentive. >>amy: yeah. >> we want to make sure we can reach as many as we can. >>amy: tell about some of the jobs. >> we have jobs at first tennessee just to name a few, and these are businesses that are young people get a chance to actually work in different capacities, logistics, marketing so it is very important these young people take advantage of this opportunity. >>amy: i can't think of any opportunity at this age was presented where you can work with big business and corporations. it is getting them ready for the next phase in life. >> we also would like businesses to get involved also. if they would give us a call at 636-6264, if they would like to be a part of our program and help our young people be employed over the summer, we would definitely like to have them. >>amy: when you see these kids go through the program and you see their minds and their worldviews really expand because they are able to have this opportunity. i know it has to warm your heart. >> it does because we are losing too

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