“DeKalb Works” kicks off summer youth jobs program

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DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and WorkSource DeKalb have partnered to launch “DeKalb Works,” a summer internship program that pairs more than 300 DeKalb residents ages 14 to 24 with private and public sector employers.

“Work experiences are a critical component of preparing youth for the transition to adulthood,” said Thurmond. “A job can often mean so much more than a paycheck, such as mentor connections, career path exploration and practical training, which increases future employability.”

Applications are now available for the six-week program online at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/dekalbworks. To qualify, applicants must be DeKalb residents between the ages of 14 and 24. Before beginning their internships, participants will complete interviews and career-readiness training. The program runs June 5 through July 14.

For more information, contact WorkSource DeKalb Youth Services at wsdyouth@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-687-3400. Applications are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

WorkSource DeKalb is also seeking worksites for interns. WorkSource DeKalb will provide intern training prior to the start of work assignments and cover all intern payroll and workers’ compensation. To begin the application, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/dekalbworks. Additional documentation and directions will be sent for completion. For information about becoming a worksite, contact Melfred Garrison at mngarrison@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-371-3093.

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