Youth Employment Program gives kids opportunity to help community, earn money

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – When driving past Memorial Baptist Church in Evansville, you might see a group of kids hard to work, making the community look nicer.

It’s all part of the Memorial Community Development Corporation’s Youth Employment Program.

Serita Cabell, the program’s executive director, said the program is designed to help youth earn money, learn work ethic, and develop professional skills.

Unique Stanfield started in the program at 14. Now, at 19, she’s a crew manager.

“My role is to supervise the kids when they’re working. I show them how to do the curb appeal, and I work with them. I really enjoy it. I get to meet a lot of nice kids and you meet a bunch of people from different places,” Unique said.

Crew member Hope McGuire said it’s hard work, but she still enjoys it.

“You still to get to see different people, meet different people, and talk to new people,” Hope said.

Ishaiah Williams started in the program as a youth to help earn money for her family. She’s just one of the program’s success stories.

“I’m just a living example of how this program could be very effective for the children of Evansville,” Ishaiah said.

Their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and the kids even get support back from the community.

Unique said, “When we’re out here working, we have people honk at us and tell us we’re doing a good job throughout the community. Sometimes they give us water because it is really hot out here.”

While helping the community, meeting new people, and earning some money, the kids also feel good about themselves.

Thomas Hampton said, “It makes me feel like a great man.”

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(This story was originally published on June 28, 2019)

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