Summer Youth Employment Program

Environmental Stewardship and Neighborhood Revitalization
2016 Summer Youth Employment Program

* Application for Youth Participants (14 - 17 years old) will be available in April.

There are limited youth participant slots available and acceptance will be on a first come, first served basis. A few additional positions will also be available for team coordinators and supervisors.

2016 application period is now closed.

The adolescent years are critical times for engaging young people in meaningful activities that help develop valuable skills and knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. The program will give youth ages 14-17 the opportunity to earn income while completing work that benefits themselves, the environment and the community. This experience will give them an opportunity to not only engage in real world work experiences but also provide them with multiple educational and professional development opportunities that set the foundation for future employment and academic success.

The program will also engage youth in hands-on environmental stewardship projects and will introduce them to the environmental issues that impact their quality of life. Additionally, the program will allow them to be change agents by developing and leading projects that will make a difference in their communities.

In keeping with Mayor Holden’s high-impact service plan, BR Proud and Love Your Block neighborhood revitalization volunteer initiative, the Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program will create a sense of pride and ownership because the youth played an active role in making their community a better place to live, work and play.

Program Overview

The 4-week program will employ limited youth from across East Baton Rouge Parish in teams and to give them the opportunity to gain environmental and neighborhood revitalization work experience. Teams under the supervision of the City-Parish staff and part-time team supervisors will work on community projects such as:

Bullet image maintaining trees, shrubs, gardens and green spaces;
Bullet image various environmental stewardship projects;
Bullet image fighting blight through mural arts and community gardens;
Bullet image promoting sustainability;

Team supervisors will work to cultivate a positive work ethic in the youth that trains them to be responsible and dedicated workers by mentoring them to stress the importance of staying in school, preparing for life beyond high school and giving back to their communities.

Program curriculum and schedule will be developed under the guidance of the Mayor’s Chief Service Officer and other City-Parish staff.

The end result will allow the impact of the program to go beyond the 4-week time period because the students will be encouraged and challenged to stay involved and further promote civic engagement. Overall, the program will support young people having an impact on their communities that will allow them to drive their own learning experience.

Program Requirements

Bullet image Youth Participants requirement ages 14 - 17 years old;
Bullet image must be willing to work hard;
Bullet image must be a team player and willing to work collaboratively in a group;
Bullet image must be enrolled in school and live in East Baton Rouge Parish;
Bullet image must complete the entire application and adhere to the pre-determined deadlines;
Bullet image must submit pre-employment drug screening;
Bullet image must provide or arrange transportation to work site locations;
Bullet image must commit to working no more than 20 hours per week for four weeks in an outdoor environment;
Bullet image must agree to work collaboratively to plan and execute a community service project that will impact their community;

Program Job Descriptions and Applications

* Application for Youth Participants (14 - 17 years old) will be available in April.

For more information, email Kbickham@brgov.com, or call Kia Bickham at (225) 389-3100.

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