Tens of thousands of teens are employed in Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C. each summer, dwarfing the City of Memphis' efforts to employ 1,000 youth each June. The difference? Private sector involvement.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland campaigned on more partnerships between the city and the private sector, and the latest program from the Office of Youth Services is calling on investment by companies and churches.
Office of Youth Services Director Ike Griffith is launching a new program, Just One Youth or JOY, and asking each company and church in Memphis to commit, employ and compensate one teen for six weeks during the summer.
Registration for businesses and churches who want to participate in JOY begins April 5 and runs through May 31 to coincide with the start of the MPLOY program, beginning June 5.
For inquiries, call 901-636-6264 or visit cityofmemphisyouth.org/moys/joy-just-one-youth.