Fort Bend County announced a new summer jobs program for teenagers and young adults to help develop new skills.
County Judge KP George announced the new Fort Bend County Youth Employment Program on Friday, which will give work opportunities for young people ages 16 to 21 years old.
It comes after county commissioners approved the program last week, using $1 million funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. Fort Bend County received over $157.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury to help the area recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a program where we are looking to employ over 250 young people this summer,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage said. “It’s the first of what I hope is a repeated program for the next four summers. And we’re excited about that.”
The program will then turn into a year-round program with some positions offering $15 an hour and with the potential for 40-hour work weeks for a variety of different careers throughout the county.
Most of the jobs will be within the county government, with positions with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Commissioner Offices, District Attorney’s Office, County Tax Assessor/Collector, County Treasurer, Fire Marshall, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Also, Fort Bend County will partner with Workforce Solutions to provide employment opportunities from local employers, area nonprofits and various organizations, including those with disabilities.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to establish good work habits, learn responsibility, organization, and time-management skills,” George said in a statement. “We must support our youth and provide them with a pathway to employment and careers.”
The program is accepting applications through Wednesday. To look at the jobs available and to apply, go to www.fortbendcounty.jobs and search for “temporary youth worker” in the job listings.