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Recap of summer youth programs given at Savannah City Council

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Between the Savannah Impact Program's pre-apprenticeship program and the new Summer 500 program, around 600 teens got an opportunity to learn skills and work this summer.

For many, it's a life-changing opportunity that sets them up for the next level of education and life.

Alderwoman and Mayor Pro-tem Carol Bell, along with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin, headed up the presentations Thursday at the Savannah City Council meeting.

A big contributor to the success of both programs, the pre-apprenticeship and the Summer 500, were the local business and government connections that were made to support the jobs give into the hundreds of teens this summer.

Chief Lumpkin said if the city wants to, the pre-apprenticeship program could stand to grow and include more teens. Alderwoman Bell acknowledge that if they had had more time, they could've recruited even more businesses to help out with the first year of Summer 500.

"We are working closer with the Board of Education this time so we won't be in such a rush to actually start this program in January, and have it ready to implement,” said Alderwoman Bell.

Recruiting for the next Summer 500 actually starts at the beginning of next month at the Savannah-Chatham Public School job fair.

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