Teens earn money by taking care of Curtis Park

When we see teenagers hoeing and weeding in the park, we may wonder what gives. Those are not tasks you expect to see a 14-year-old doing. However, there are about 85 teens working in the city’s Landscape & Learning youth employment program.

Run by the city’s recreation department, the program is divided into three 10-week seasonal work periods. The teens work from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and receive $10.50 an hour. They work in crews of five with an adult leader.

According to Monica Blanco, recreation superintendent for teen services, job applicants must be 14–17 years old and live in the city limits.

Their job duties include non-skilled labor in park maintenance and general clean-up. The program is funded through the Landscape & Lighting Tax Assessment.

For more information, contact Blanco at 916 808–6308.

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