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Caddo work program employs students throughout summer

Caddo Parish's summer youth work program is helping high school and college students gain work experience in between school years. (Source: Jasmine Payoute/KSLA News 12) Caddo Parish's summer youth work program is helping high school and college students gain work experience in between school years. (Source: Jasmine Payoute/KSLA News 12)
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Caddo Parish's summer youth work program is helping high school and college students gain work experience in between school years. (Source: Jasmine Payoute/KSLA News 12) Caddo Parish's summer youth work program is helping high school and college students gain work experience in between school years. (Source: Jasmine Payoute/KSLA News 12)
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Caddo Parish's summer youth work program is helping high school and college students gain work experience in between school years.

"We spend $300 a day to incarcerate a juvenile in Caddo Parish," said Steven Jackson, president of the Caddo Commission. "We're only spending $70 a day to give these kids an opportunity to work."

Summer interns earn $70 a day for working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

"It's a program we felt keeps kids engaged during the summer months … its an opportunity for them to learn valuable workforce development, skills training and they gain mentors throughout the process and it's an easy introduction into the workforce."

"I believe you learn how to be a leader at least in what I do, I get to supervise the community service workers but alongside I get to talk to them see what they're thinking and how I can improve myself as well," said Grambling University student Christian Capers.

The students can get placed in Animal Services, Public Works, Parks and Recreation departments and more.

"It's in line with what I went to school for because what I went to school for is rehabilitation and disabilities services and it's just a great experience to kind of do that before hand," said Southern University student Morgan Young.

Currently, commissioners have to recommend students for the program. It's a process Jackson hopes will change as the program expands.

"I think we should just probably put the applications out at the local libraries. There's a local library in everybody's district, there's a sponsor in everybody's district. So if we put them out that way then you get the message out to everybody."

Students can be placed with Animal Services, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation departments, among others, and also through partnerships with Volunteers for Youth Justice, the Caddo Community Action Agency, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center and BioMed.

Jackson says the correlation between opportunity and fighting crime is simple.

"If you give those individuals something productive to do during the day time.... if you give them something that they can attach themselves to they're not prone to get into mischievous crimes not prone to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as you've seen with the most recent homicide." 

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