The Jackson-Madison County Summer Work Program is a partnership project between Madison County, the City of Jackson, Southwest Human Resources Agency, and Madison County Juvenile Court. Here’s how it works.
Forty youth between the ages of 16 and 18 who have been identified as “at risk” are selected through a competitive application process. Those selected will work 30 hours per week at various employers throughout Madison County for eight weeks during the summer.
Definition of “at risk”: A young person who has been involved in a juvenile court case either as a victim, witness, or offender is considered “at risk”. Youth with violent felony offenses are not eligible. Some examples of eligible youth might be:
- a young person who has committed a misdemeanor offense such as disorderly conduct, truancy, etc.
- a youth who has been a witness to domestic violence in the home
- a youth who has been a victim of abuse/neglect
There is no expense for participating employers. Wages are paid by the City and County through Southwest HRA. Southwest handles all employment paperwork and the payroll process. Southwest also provides the work comp coverage for the summer workers. Employers must commit to providing supervision and enough meaningful work to keep the youth busy and engaged for the duration of the program.
If you are interested in participating with us this summer, either as a youth worker or an employer, please click the appropriate link below and complete the form. Staff from Juvenile Court Services and/or Southwest HRA will contact you to answer any questions you may have.