Teenagers earn their paychecks through the “Kids and Jobs” program

Teenagers earn their paychecks through the “Kids and Jobs” program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Hundreds of Birmingham teenagers obtained work this summer through the FOX6 Kids and Jobs program.

2019 is the 25th anniversary of the partnership between Fox6 and the Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services. The program helps teenagers find work for four weeks during the summer.

“It’s been a fantastic summer,” said DYS Executive Director Galvin Billups.

Billups said more older teens are looking for jobs and internships related to technology and engineering. He says he is grateful to Mayor Randall Woodfin and the city council and hopes to see the program grow next year.

While the program gives teens a summer paycheck, it also helps them gain experience that can steer them toward a particular career.

17-year-old Amberlyn Moorer says after tutoring 2nd and 3rd graders in reading, she is thinking about becoming a teacher. She says after testing the students at the beginning and end of the program, “I was able to see a difference in them and I thought that was awesome."

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