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Reported by Lori Brown

Memphis teens encouraged to apply for summer jobs program

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis teens who want summer jobs with the city of Memphis should apply now, officials said Tuesday. 

Nearly 4,000 people have applied so far for the 1,000 jobs, which will be assigned by a lottery system.

Sara Lewis, the special assistant to Mayor Willie Herenton, said the summer jobs program is intended to give students a taste of the job market before they leave school, and to keep them out of trouble.

The jobs are offered by private, non-profit, and government employers.

"Those are distribution and logistics, biotechnology and bio-med, film and music, and tourism," she said.

Students applying for the summer jobs Tuesday said they were excited about the opportunity, even if it means giving up a summer of freedom.
I want to spend it working, do good, and make some money," Ridgeway junior Arturo Taylor said.

"I can learn some life skills; develop my mind and so I can be prepared for jobs later in life," Ridgeway freshman Sasha Taylor added.
Lewis warns students if Memphis graduates aren't prepared for jobs with the city's main employers, others will be.

"You're competing not only with kids in Memphis, you're competing with kids across the world," she said.

If you would like to apply for the program, click here.  You can only apply online, and you must do so by January 11, 2009.

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