New Roads Mayor Announces Summer Employment Programs

for Local Youth and Senior Citizens

Application Process for Both Programs Opens May 27

NEW ROADS, La. –City of New Roads Mayor Robert Myer announced that the application process for the city’s 2016 summer employment programs will open May 27 through June 3, providing local senior citizens and youth an opportunity to qualify for temporary employment to earn money while using their skills and talents to do meaningful work for the city.

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.

“This program helps a demographic that has much to give to our community, but has a hard time finding job opportunities,” Myer said.  “Despite the lack of work opportunities, senior citizens still have mounting expenses they must pay, including food, medicine and utilities.  This project assists with that, while greatly benefiting the city.”

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 13th year the city has sponsored the youth program, and the third year of the senior citizen program.  However, it is the first year that both programs have been funded through a grant from the Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation, Myer said.

Both employment programs will begin June 13 and end July 22, giving youth and senior citizens opportunities to work alongside each other, as well as with city employees, for a six-week period.  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.