MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A line of students stretched out the door and around the building looking for summer jobs.
"It's always hard for them to find jobs on their own so we're here to help," coordinator Crystelle Hunter said.
Hunter works with the city of Memphis to employ youths in a summer program. Through a lottery system, students are connected to summer jobs.
"We've developed relationships with several businesses throughout Memphis," Hunter said.
Coordinators said they had nearly 5,000 students apply for the program, but only 1,000 spots could be filled.
Fairly High School 10th grader Brianna Glasper said it is her second time in the program. Last year, her love of arts matched her to Hattiloo Theatre.
"That's why I signed up again and I encouraged my peers to do it also because it was very fun," Glasper said.
Eight grader Maurice Everett said it's better than spending summer on the couch.
"I'm not wasting my mind," Everett said. "They're going to teach you what you need to know when you get older and apply for another job."
Students said they are looking forward to starting new adventures and learning new skills.