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Youth Connect summer program accepting applications
Youth Connect
Kylan Ifeji was a rising Statesboro High sophomore when he participated in the 2021 Youth Connect program. He spent his four job-experience weeks with the Statesboro Fire Department and got to ride with experienced firefighters on some calls. (Photo courtesy City of Statesboro)

 The City of Statesboro is now accepting applications for its third annual Statesboro Youth summer program.

The city’s five-week pre-professional program aims to inspire local high school students to become engaged, lifelong learners in their community, according to a release from the city of Statesboro. The program is set to begin on May 29, 2023, and will focus on the core concepts of education, employment, civic responsibility, leadership and diversity.  

At the request of the mayor and City Council, city staff developed and hosted the inaugural Statesboro Youth program class in June 2021. The goal of the program is to allow students to learn more about local government and explore possible career paths in local government while also obtaining valuable life skills that can be applied in the present and future.

"We are planning to spend five weeks this summer cultivating youth by helping them build and prepare for the future,” says Dr. LaSara Mitchell, City of Statesboro Youth Program coordinator. “This program has so much to offer youth such as life skills, social skills, and employability skills. They will also learn financial management and much more! This work-ready program gives youth real-life work experience to ultimately prepare them for the career path of their choice.”

The Youth Connect summer program will provide a setting similar to an internship for high school students to gain experiences while also earning a stipend.

To be eligible for the program, a student must be enrolled in high school (grades 10 through 12 by August 2023) and live in the city limits of Statesboro, or be a dependent of a City of Statesboro employee. Each week, the participants will be expected to report Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will earn $7.25 per hour.

Participants must have access to transportation to report to their assigned work location at the beginning of each day and have access to transportation to leave or be picked up at the end of each workday. Participants will be assigned to a city department or one of the program’s partner organizations, which include local non-profits and government entities.

The first few days of programming will be hosted at City Hall and feature educational presentations with guest speakers. Participants will then report to their assigned work locations for the remainder of the program.

Students who participate in the program can expect to learn about the following topics:

fundamentals of city government, life skills, and soft skills, as well as lessons in employability, career exploration, civic engagement, leadership and diversity.

The deadline to apply for the program is March 20.

High school students interested in learning more or applying should visit

Questions about the program can be directed to the City of Statesboro’s Youth Program Coordinator, Dr. LaSara Mitchell, at (912)-212-2378 or through email at

Once all applications are received, a member of the city’s staff will reach out to potential participants to schedule a virtual interview.


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