The application process for New Roads’ 2016 summer employment programs for local youth and senior citizens starts Friday and will last until June 3.
Both programs provide senior citizens and youth an opportunity to earn extra cash if they qualify for temporary employment with the city, Mayor Robert Myer said in a news release.
The programs are funded this year through a grant from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation.
This year marks the 13th time the city is sponsoring the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program and the third time it will offer the Mayor’s Summer Senior Citizen Employment Program.
“This program helps a demographic that has much to give to our community but has a hard time finding job opportunities,” Myer said. “Despite the lack of work opportunities, senior citizens still have mounting expenses they must pay, including food, medicine and utilities. This project assists with that, while greatly benefiting the city.”
The program for senior citizens is open to New Roads residents who are 62 or older, with proof of age and permanent residence required. Elected officials and relatives of city employees are not eligible to participate.
The youth program is open to local children between the ages of 14 and 17. Proof of age and residency are required.
Both employment programs will begin June 13 and end July 22.
All summer program employees will work a maximum of 20 hours each week. Participants will work alongside each other, as well as with city employees, for the six-week period.
“One of the most valuable aspects of these programs is the opportunity our youth and senior citizens have to interact with one another. Each group can learn from the other,” Myer said.
Applications for both programs can be obtained at newroads.net or at City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Iberville museum exhibit
The Iberville Museum’s new exhibit, “The Art of Julie Dupre Buckner,” opened Tuesday and will be available for viewing through July 23.
The exhibit features original paintings, sketches and illustrations by Buckner, a Plaquemine-based artist who works as a painter, portrait artist, book illustrator and teacher.
She also is raising money to benefit the museum, and the winner of the Buckner Portrait Raffle will receive an oil portrait valued at $1,200.
Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the museum.
For more information, call Elizabeth Brantley at (225) 687-7197.
WBR holds family day
Several elected officials in West Baton Rouge Parish will host Family Day in the Park from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at William and Lee Park, 1631 Louisiana Ave., Port Allen.
In addition to games for children, food and swimming, the West Baton Rouge Parish Mass Choir and Chris Ardoin and the NuStep Band are scheduled to perform.
For more information, contact Charlene Gordon at (225) 394-5564.
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