New Program teaching teens life lessons - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

New Program teaching teens life lessons

A new program is helping teens learn important life lessons about work.

POWER stands for Preparing Our World through Education and Responsibility.

And now, more than 1,000 young people will learn responsibility both in the classroom and out. 

Young people all over the city of Memphis packed the Hanson student theater at LeMoyne-Owen college Tuesday morning to kick off the summer long employment program. 

Teens between ages 14 and 21 will get classroom and hands-on job training experience.

They will learn everything from work etiquette and how to dress to financial literacy.

"What we'd like to do is get to the point where every youngster in the city of Memphis which desires employment or meaningful engagement during the summer has that job," manager of youth services for the City of Memphis Thurman Northcross said.

14 and 15 year olds will spend most of their time in the classroom. Those 16 and older will spend time on the job doing everything from custodial to clerical work.

City leaders said economic and workforce development stems from powerful youth development programs such as this.

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