INDIANAPOLIS – Organizations are working together to make sure kids have summer jobs in order to keep them on the right path.
Monday evening, kids ages 14-18 signed up for seven weeks of summer work and mentoring. They will get paid to clean up neighborhoods. The kids will work every Friday for those weeks and each time they will be given $25. This is the second year of the program.
It’s called Clean for Green and Pastor Wayne Moore of Olivet Baptist Church said they work with Save our Seed.
“We’re trying to do everything we can to keep these young people out of trouble,” Moore said.
Organizations raised more than $45,000 in about two months for this program. Moore said about 800 children went through the program last year.
“We believe we can give young people that work, we can reduce teen crime,” Moore said.
Moore said he is hopeful this program will teach these children valuable lessons.
“Some of these children, who are getting these resources, will take those resources and help the household and so we’re addressing a poverty issue as well,” he said.
Tanisha Adams said her daughter, Jayla Manson, signed up for the program because she wanted to work this summer.
“’Cause I like helping out the community and trying to make it a better place,” Jayla said.
Adams said her daughter is on the right path and hopes she can serve as a role model for the other children she’ll be working with this summer.
“I never know what she’s going to come across. I just pray that the influence that I’ve passed on to her…she can possibly pass on to the next person or a peer,” Tanisha Adams said.
The program begins this Friday. Parents still have time to sign up their children.
They can sign up on Tuesday at Friendship Church in Haughville between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Thursday at Fervent Prayer Church between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.