City program gives teenagers job opportunities

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The city of Topeka announced it has selected 11 youths to work for the city this summer.

It’s part of the city’s “Topeka Way to Work” program.  Topeka received 356 applications and interviewed 195 applicants.  The program was developed with direction from the Topeka city council.  It was initially intended for 10 employees but an overwhelming interest caused the city to increase the number to eleven.

Topeka mayor Larry Wolgast says the program is important for youth to build life skills.  “It’s so key to have activities something worthwhile for individuals to do so they are adequately using their time and learning skills and youth program and summer education is so vital.”

The teens started Monday and will work through August 5th in 11 city departments.  They will also attend weekly skills enhancement workshops for additional training.

 

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