City of Little Rock Employing Hundreds of Students for Summer

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - Summer vacation and a little pocket change. Talk about a two for one! High school and college students are getting the best of both worlds through a city youth employment program.

Corbin Noll is taking time off from from the University of Central Arkansas as a nursing student this summer to work for the City of Little Rock mentoring college interns. it's where he started his first summer job while in high school.

"My parents didn't believe in me working during the school year, so it was a great opportunity for me to be able to get a job and just work for the summer only," he says.

Students from UCA, ASU, Howard and the U of A are all part of the city's Youth Employment Program.

Kendra Peterson started as an intern and is now a mentor. She says students need not feel intimidated if they don't have a long work history.

"This is all about building and enrichment. It's about giving an opportunity to the youth. So, you don't have a resume, you are going to learn about resume building in this program," says Peterson.

Noll says being in the program has definitely prepared him for his future career.

"As a nurse, you want to be able to make a connection with those patients, and build a rapport with them and to be able to communicate with them. I think going through this program as an intern and mentor, I was able to deal with different people older and younger," he says.

It's a great opportunity not just for students, but local businesses as well.

"In terms of economic development and also opportunities that can train youth for future jobs here in the city," adds Program Director Marq Golden.

This summer job has certainly helped Noll through the years. And while he's earning money for the summer, he's setting himself up for years of success.

Students will go through a full training program with services provided by New Futures for Youth and Junior Achievement of Arkansas.

The program is looking to partner with local businesses who are need of interns - and there's no cost to the business. Click here for more information.

Students earn anywhere from $1,400 to $1,800 dollars per summer.

In the program's history, 275 students were employed through the program in 2009. In 2010 those numbers shot up to 375. This year, the city is looking to place 600 students.

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