150 youth start jobs with Summer Youth Employment
Vanetric Washington, Dauntice Lear, and Brianna Hill
all had at least one thing in common Monday: They were
starting the first day of their first summer jobs.
They were among 150 high school students who showed up
at a morning workshop before heading for work at
various public and private businesses throughout
Lexington as part of the Summer Youth Employment
Washington, 15, a sophomore at Lafayette High School,
will be working for the Lexington Housing Authority.
Lear, 16, has a job with Community Ventures Corp. where
he will help out with landscape work.
Hill, 15, a Tates Creek High School sophomore, didn't
yet know where she would be working. All three of the
young people said they would be saving the money they
made to buy clothes for school.
The Summer Youth Employment program is an initiative of
the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Young
people are assigned to employers who line up jobs for
them at no cost to the employer. The youth's salaries
are paid by the LFUCG through the Department of Social
They make $7.25 an hour for a 20-hour week, which
includes 18 hours at their job sites and two hours in a
workshop learning job skills.
This year the program received more than 400
applications from youth who wanted to work, said Mattie
Morton, who oversees the program. Eligible youth are
between the ages of 14-17.
The work assigned the students can range from clerical
or computer work to landscaping or caring for young
At a time when summer jobs are hard to find, the Summer
Youth Employment Program offers hope to young people
just starting out in the workplace, said Tanner
McDaniel. "The job market is pretty rough and this
program gives kids like us a chance to get out there
Tanner,16, a junior at Bryan Station High School, was
at the workshop with his brother Jacob, 15, who will be
a freshman at the high school. Tanner will be working
with the Office of Employment Training while Jacob has
a job with Community Action Council.
"I like this program a lot," Tanner said. "It's really