Mayor Gary Fuller and the City Council recently approved a resolution to support the implementation of a summer youth employment program. The new program, YES! Opelika (Youth. Employment. Success), is an opportunity for 16-19 year-olds to earn money and gain meaningful work experience. In its first year, the city will employ 20 youth in various positions throughout the city.
“We hope that the YES! Opelika program will provide students with a set of work-related experiences that can prepare them to succeed in the workforce. It’s important that our youth learn social skills, communications and critical thinking abilities, understand real-world labor expectations, money management, and career pathways that may be available to them in the future,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.
The YES! Opelika program is open to Opelika residents who are students between the ages of 16 to 19, a legal resident of the United States and must be enrolled in Opelika High School. They must be available to work for seven weeks between June 13 and August 2.
Applicants are required to complete an unpaid eight-hour job readiness instruction prior to being offered employment and must pass a drug test. Download application here.
Mayor Fuller added, “We need young people to be trained and working during the summer to prepare them for the City’s growing job market. YES! Opelika will put a little spending money in their pockets and provide options that will help empower students to be successful long-term.”
If you are interested in applying or know somone who fits this criteria, please email the City of Opelika Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be turned in by June 5. No resume or reference letter required.
For more information, or to download an application, visit www.opelika-al.gov (News), or email the Human Resources office at the address above.