LWDA -11 was asked by the City of Jackson and Madison County to operate a Gang Prevention Summer Work Experience Program. Forty-two youth with gang affiliations were identified by Madison County Juvenile Court as participants in this program
The program provides specially targeted youth 15-18 years old with an enriching and constructive summer youth experience through subsidized placements in private and public sectors, govern- mental agencies, and non-profit organizations. This eight week program included one week of classroom activities which featured team building exercises, career exploration, guest speakers, soft skills, decision making skills, resume’ writing, corporate culture, communications, conflict resolutions, and the importance of work ethic.
The remaining seven weeks consisted of on the job work experience. At the conclusion of the program a recognition reception will be held for the participants, their families, employers, program committee members, and supporting agencies.