SAVANNAH, GA (June 5, 2015) – On Friday the City of Savannah and the SCMPD’s Savannah Impact Program kicked off the 3rd annual Summer Pre-Apprentice Program.

More than 50 boys and girls between the ages of 14-18-years old have been selected to participate in the program which provides work experience, soft skills training and academic assistance over a 7-week period.

This year 20 of the teenagers who participated in the SPAP last year are getting the chance to take the program to a new level. Friday morning they were “matched” with Savannah-area businesses. The youth participants found out during the “Match Day” event who they are getting to work for and received an official company pennant.

The businesses that have offered the youth employment opportunities are Savannah Lodging’s hotels (Hampton Inn Historic District and Holiday Inn Historic District), Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Leopold’s Ice Cream, the Savannah Area Chamber, Visit Savannah, City of Savannah Citizen’s Office, Thomas and Hutton, Thunderbolt Marina, River Street Inn, Belford’s, Northpoint Hospitality, Tourism Leadership Council and The Wade Law Firm.

The youth will continue their orientation next week and will report to work beginning June 15. The types of jobs range from sales, to housekeeping, finance to maintenance, customer service to finance intern, and office/archive assistant. These youth participants will report to work for approximately 20-25 hours each week and will be paid by that employer.

Summer Pre-Apprentice Program participants are recommended by Chatham County Juvenile Court and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The goal of the program is to invest resources to ensure that every youth faced with challenges is provided an opportunity for success afforded by a united community lending helping hands.