• Memphis Office of Youth Services launches ‘Just one Youth' program

    By: Lauren Coleman


    MEMPHIS, TN - Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis Office of Youth Services is asking the community to help provide jobs for youth this summer.

    The office is launching a new program called JOY or ‘Just one Youth.'

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    The City is asking Memphis churches and business to commit, employ and compensate one child of their choice.

    The program will last for six weeks this summer.

    Nearly five thousand children applied for jobs through the City of Memphis, but the city only has a thousand openings.

    Director Ike Griffith told FOX13 churches and businesses can help by giving “just one youth” a life changing experience.

    “Parents are burying their children, when it’s supposed to be the other way around and we just need to do something collectively and not put the burden on one individual or one organization or the city government,” Griffith said.

    “This is our city and let’s do this for our children’s sake. Just one.”

    Registration is April 5- May 31.

    The program is June 5- July 17.


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