Since early June, nearly two dozen teens have been working and learning life skills as part of the City of Orange Beach’s first-ever summer work program.
Open to teens ages 14 and 15, the program has 21 teens - most from Orange Beach - helping seven departments in the City.
"The City feels fortunate to be able to provide this opportunity for the young teenagers of Orange Beach,” said City Administrator Ken Grimes. “While Mayor Tony Kennon came up with the initiative, the department heads and staff have taken full ownership of this program and have welcomed the young seasonal employees with open arms. The City truly sees this as a win-win situation for everyone as it strengthens our community."
The summer youth employees include eight working in Coastal Resources, one in the Legal Department, one in Human Resources, three in Logistics, two in Public Works’ landscaping department, four at the Recreation Center’s Expect Excellence summer program, and two in Community Development.
“We wanted to find ways to get these students working to build a stronger work ethic when traditionally most can’t work until they are 16,” Mayor Kennon said. “We feel this age of 14 and 15 is critical in not only keeping them busy this summer but teaching them skills and giving them an opportunity to earn a little money.”
Tasks include clerical work, landscaping, beach/trails cleanup, junior trail ambassadorship, and outdoor/indoor duties as needed.
The Summer Work Program started June 4 and will wrap up in August before the 2018-19 school year starts. The pay is $9.50 per hour and required a work permit.
While this season is closed to new applicants, the City hopes to offer this program next summer.