Mayor Turner kicks off Hire Houston Youth Summer Jobs Initiative

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HOUSTON, TX-  Hey students, summer's on its way! But that also means . . .  it's job hunting time.

Eric Goodie, Director of Asset Acquisition & Management for Houston Area Urban League, explains it's tough for kids to find job these days. "With unemployment as high as it is for adults, it's very competitive for our youths to attain any types of employment."

Not to worry, Space City, the mayor's got your back. His new jobs program, "Hire Houston's Youth", is hooking up students with summer gigs. The program hopes students will be paid at least $8 per/hour.

. . . Hear that guys? That's the sound of hard work and makin' moolah.

NewsFix spoke to a few local students. As one explained--it's hard to hang out with your friends if you don't make money!

The program is going to help 450 plus students (ages 16 through 24) find jobs -- from city parks, to police departments, to public libraries.

So, 450 jobs is a start, but it's going to take a lot more than that to employ the young folk lookin' for work. The program is going to expand.

Goodie explains how they'll do so. "We are going to be engaging industry and corporate partners, so that they can provide opportunities for these youths."

These youths haven't entered the "real world" just yet. They've got their whole life to work . . . and some have an additional financial cushion.  One girl we spoke to said, "if I wasn't working over the summer, I'd probably ask my grandma for money."

For those of you who won't be getting help from grandma this summer, check out the website and apply before May 6th.