On June 4, the 2018 Mayor’s Summer Youth Program kicked off another exciting summer of work experience and community service! This year’s group is made up of 24 Peoria Public Schools students who will spend the summer working with the City of Peoria’s Public Works Department on a wide variety of projects throughout the city. Additionally, students will have the chance to visit a variety of businesses, organizations, and higher education institutions as part of the career development programming, planned by GPEDC.
The program kickoff was held in the Gateway Building ballroom and featured several speakers, including Mayor Jim Ardis and Councilman Sid Ruckriegel. They spoke about the value of this opportunity. Students are paid for their work, which provides them with great work experience working for the city. Sie Maroon, Director of Public Works, emphasized the power that this experience could have for the students, saying that he wished he could have had this opportunity when he was their age.
Students will spend the next eight weeks traveling around Peoria, working on projects such as planting trees along Orange Prairie road, picking up litter and old tires, and working on the city’s many gardens. They will spend one day a week at their career development programming, which includes visits to sites such as OSF Jump Simulation Center, Illinois Central College, Caterpillar’s Technical Center, and many more.