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Posted on: March 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris Announces Mayor's Summer Work Experience Program


NEWS from the Shelby County Mayor’s Office

Lee Harris, Mayor

Vasco A. Smith, Jr., Administration Building

11th Floor, 160 North Main, Memphis, Tennessee 38103


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      

MARCH 25, 2019 

Frankie Dakin

Public Outreach Liaison

Public Works Division

Office: 901.222.7706

Mobile: 901.496.0131


Students and young adults interested in summer employment are invited to apply starting today.

Memphis, TN - Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris announces the inaugural Mayor’s Summer Work Experience program. The Mayor’s Office will select 200 participants to commemorate the County’s Bicentennial Celebration. Applications are available now at

“Engaging students and young adults in professional development opportunities is a priority of Mayor Harris’ administration,” says Dorcas Young Griffin, Director of the Division of Community Services. “These young people will spend a significant part of their summer developing valuable skills while exploring potential career paths through Shelby County Government and our partners.”

“This program is a great opportunity for students and young adults to gain experience in the working world,” says Mayor Harris. “We have identified a variety of opportunities for 200 youth to have a meaningful work experience, enhance their community, and earn a paycheck in the process.”

High school participants (16-18) in the Mayor’s Summer Work Experience are invited to participate in the Youth Conservation League, which will work to beautify communities across Shelby County. Additionally, for the first time this year, young adult participants (18-24) will be assigned to support public, private sector, or nonprofit partners while learning administrative and operational skills through the Youth Workforce League.

Youth Conservation League participants earn $10 per hour, and Conservation League Team Leaders earn $15 per hour. Youth Workforce League participants earn $12 per hour. Participants are selected in a random lottery, while Team Leaders are selected through a standard interview process. All participants must be available to work June 7th to July 26th, Monday through Friday from 7am until 3pm. Learn more or apply to participate at Applications are available until April 12th.

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