SAVANNAH, GA (June 7, 2016): Youth participating in the 4th Annual Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program (SPAP) are taking time away from their various summer job assignments to give back to community through several days of service.

Groups of at least 25 youth, accompanied by SPAP staff, will partake in community cleaning and beautification projects in Cuyler-Brownsville, Liberty City and along Waters Avenue. Beautification efforts include trash collection from City of Savannah rights-of-way designated through the city’s Property Maintenance Department, residential painting and lawn care.

“As the youth begin to collect trash, pull back weeds and address blight, they’re learning a lesson,” said Lt. Ramona Famble, SPAP Director. “They’ll understand the negative impact of littering and the importance not allowing overgrowth to dominate our community. Matching action with this knowledge improves our level of safety and neighborhood pride.”

Youth will work along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard from Liberty to 52nd streets from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, youth will work near Staley Avenue and ACL Boulevard.

On July 14 and 15th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SPAP participants will paint houses identified by the City of Savannah’s Housing Program. The houses are located on the 900 block of Moray Street and 600 East 35th Street. These residences may also receive minor exterior repairs and lawn maintenance.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, SPAP youth will assist Parks and Trees with landscaping in Sylvan Terrace. This project will include replacing shrubbery in the median with mulch. Youth also will clean and paint signage as deemed necessary.

Finally, on July 22, SPAP youth will remove trash and debris on Waters Avenue from East Victory Drive to East Gwinnett Street.

The SPAP is a 7-week paid summer work program that also provides participants with life skills, mentoring and academic assistance through classroom instruction and hands-on career experiences with the program’s partnering businesses and government agencies. The SPAP is a partnership between the City of Savannah, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, the Chatham County Government, the Department of Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Court.