Just One Youth
As we approach the end of another school year, it’s very important the children of this city have a safe and productive summer. As Mayor Jim Strickland has said many times, “it’s important to provide our children something productive to do when our youth aren’t in school.”
As you know the city provides summer jobs for one thousand youth during the summer. However, four to five thousand youth apply for this opportunity leaving thousands without the opportunity to experience the world of work. There are many cities that provide eight, fifteen and even twenty thousand youth the opportunity to work during the summer. These numbers are a result of companies providing employment opportunities by hiring and compensating these youths.
With that being said I’m requesting a “Call to Action” for the city of Memphis. As Special Assistant to Mayor Jim Strickland and the Director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services, I’m asking all churches and businesses in the city of Memphis to commit, employ and compensate one child of their choice this summer for six weeks starting June 5th through July 17th. Give just one child a life changing experience for the summer. This “Call to Action” is named JOY, Just One Youth. Together let’s bring JOY to a child while breaking the cycle of despair.
If you would like to become a part of this “Call to Action” initiative, log on to cityofmemphisyouth.org and register by clicking on the Just One Youth icon. Registration is April 5th through May 31st. I would like to meet with your participant on June 1st prior to the summer employment experience. A time and location will be forthcoming.
Thank you for your support, dedication and commitment to our youth of this city.
Ike Griffith, Ed.S
Special Assistant to Mayor Jim Strickland
Director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services
IMPORTANT INFORMATION. PLEASE READ.
By submitting this completed application to the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, I, the business or church named above, do hereby agree to save and hold harmless the City of Memphis, its officers, agents and employees from any and all claims, demands, settlements, and liabilities of any kind of character arising out of or in connection with my participation in this program and/or interaction with, employment or engagement of any program participant.