LIMA — An annual program to help teens find work so they can earn money and build pride is primed to start, its organizer said.
Lima City Council 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn organizes the program for teens between 13 and 18 years old by matching them with businesses or individuals who need help with an assortment of tasks from setting up a computer to mowing the grass, from painting to cleaning a garage.
“I am very excited about putting this program together,” Glenn said Tuesday about the program entering its sixth year. “This is one of the things I said I would work on to help cut down on the crime rate and the kids want to work. It is a win-win situation for us.”
The program, which is open to girls and boys, enlists the help of parents to help oversee the work of their child. Glenn said another aim of the initiative is to help build bonds between parents and their children. If a parent cannot chaperone their child, Glenn said he would try to find an adult to go with the child.
Glenn, who had about 150 teens involved in the program last year, is holding a workshop next week to explain to the teens and their parents what is expected. His goal is to enlist 350 teens this year.
The workshop will be 9 a.m. May 24 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center Park shelter house. For information on the workshop, contact Glenn at 419-905-9572.
“This gives the children a chance to learn some skills and how to work, they learn responsibility and to take pride in their work,” Glenn said during a news conference at his house. “We need to put the guns down and let’s put the kids to work. They want money to go to a show, I need to buy clothes and help my parents buy school clothes. They want to work and we are giving them an opportunity to work.”