Stimulus funds open up 1,300 summer jobs

Looking for a summer job?
If you’re age 14 to 24, now’s the time to apply for one of more than 1,300 jobs that have been made available in north Mississippi thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was passed by Congress earlier this year.
The part-time and full-time jobs will vary, said Bill Renick of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District in Pontotoc, which is administering the “Summer Coin Crew” youth employment program.
“The jobs will be in city halls, court house offices, libraries … they can do all sorts of things,” Renick said.
Workers will be paid $7.25 per hour.
Renick said it’s the first summer youth program for the region in a decade.
The program is being administered by the Mississippi Partnership Local Workforce Area through Three Rivers and in cooperation with Northeast Planning and Development District in Booneville, North Central Planning and Development District in Winona and the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District in Starkville.
The program, funded by $4.2 million made available through the federal stimulus plan, will begin June 15.
Applications, along with required documentation, are being taken through May 15 at Chancery Clerks offices, city halls and local WIN Job Centers. Applications also are available online at
Qualified applicants will be notified if they’ve been accepted, then assigned a date and location for orientation. Once the orientation is complete, they’ll begin June 15.
“We expect the program to have a duration of approximately six to eight weeks with some older youth possibly continuing in the fall,” Renick said.
The program is available only to youth in Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, DeSoto, Grenada, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Webster, Winston and Yalobusha.
“This will pump a lot of money into the local economy,” Renick said.


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