City of New Roads Mayor Robert Myer announced the city will once again offer its summer employment programs for local senior citizens and youth, giving them an opportunity to qualify for temporary employment to earn money and to use their skills and talents to benefit the city as a whole.

The application period for the city’s 2017 programs will be open May 26-June 2 for both groups.  The actual employment period will run from June 12-July 21.

The Mayor’s Summer Senior Citizen Employment Program is open to residents of the City of New Roads who are 62 years or older, with proof of age and permanent residence within the city’s limits.  Elected officials and relatives of city employees are not eligible to participate.

“Our senior citizens have much to offer our community,” Myer said.  “This program allows them an opportunity to gain employment to pay their expenses, while giving back to the City of New Roads.”

Myer noted that he started the Senior Citizen Employment Program three years ago because elderly citizens often have a hard time finding job opportunities, but they deserve an opportunity to share their talents and skills.

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program is open to city residents between the ages of 14 and 17.  Proof of age and permanent residence within the city’s limits is required.  This is the 14th year the city has sponsored the youth program.

Myer noted that this is the first year that both programs have been funded through a grant from the Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation.

Both employment programs will run simultaneously for a six-week period, from June 12 to July 21, giving youth and senior citizens opportunities to work alongside each other, as well as with city employees.  All summer program employees will work a maximum of 20 hours per week.

“One of the most valuable aspects of these programs is the opportunity our youth and senior citizens have to interact with one another.  Each group can learn from the other,” Myer said.

Applications for both programs can be obtained online at www.newroads.net, or at City Hall during regular working hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information, contact Lynette H. Nelson at the City of New Roads at 225-638-5370 or lynette@cityofnewroads.net.

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