Applications now are being accepted for the inaugural Mayor’s Summer Work Experience Program coordinated by the office of Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.

Two hundred participants will be selected to commemorate the County’s Bicentennial Celebration. Applications are at

“This program is a great opportunity for students and young adults to gain experience in the working world,” said Harris. “We have identified a variety of opportunities for 200 youth to have a meaningful work experience, enhance their community, and earn a paycheck in the process.”

“Engaging students and young adults in professional development opportunities is a priority of Mayor Harris’ administration,” said

Dorcas Young Griffin, director of the Division of Community Services, said engaging students and young adults in professional development opportunities is an administration priority.

“These young people will spend a significant part of their summer developing valuable skills while exploring potential career paths through Shelby County Government and our partners,” said Griffin

High school participants (16-18) in the Mayor’s Summer Work Experience are invited to participate in the Youth Conservation League, which will work to beautify communities across Shelby County. Additionally, for the first time this year, young adult participants (18-24) will be assigned to support public, private sector, or nonprofit partners while learning administrative and operational skills through the Youth Workforce League.

Youth Conservation League participants earn $10 per hour, and Conservation League Team Leaders earn $15 per hour. Youth Workforce League participants earn $12 per hour.

Participants are selected in a random lottery, while Team Leaders are selected through a standard interview process.

All participants must be available to work June 7th to July 26th, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Learn more or apply to participate at Applications are available until April 12th.