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Council Funds Summer Job Initiative

The Leaders in Education to Advance a Diverse Columbus (LEAD-US) Summer Youth Program Promotes Workforce Development and Civic Engagement

[COLUMBUS-OH] Columbus City Council is looking for a few good people to help LEAD-US toward a bold and bright future.

The LEAD-US program grants internship opportunities to Columbus youth between the ages of 17-21 years old with meaningful job and career experience. Participants earn $12.00 an hour.

“This program was created to encourage participants to be productive citizens, increase workforce development skills, and create an environment that fosters positive mentorship,” said Columbus City Councilmember Jaiza Page. “They will shadow a working professional at least one day out of the week, participate in community service projects, and attend professional development sessions, such as interviewing skills.”

The LEAD-US program will introduce students to career opportunities in city government. The program also partners with local businesses and organizations, while putting an emphasis on diversity, community service and neighborhood involvement.

“Research shows that the benefits of summer youth employment goes far beyond simply making money,” said Director and Chief Diversity Officer Stephen Francis.

The LEAD-US program will also help participating youth gain soft skills and encourage community involvement, both of which will provide lifelong learning and earning advantages for these youth. 

"The City is also excited to add a diversity focus to this summer youth employment program,” Francis continued.

“We cannot have enough job opportunities for Columbus youth,” said Page. “I am excited to partner with Mayor Ginther’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion to provide young leaders with professional development skills, while working to create a workforce pipeline that represents the diversity of our community."

The five week program runs June 25-July 27, Monday-Friday, 10am–3pm.

To be eligible, applicants must submit a resume to to Ralonda Hampton at [email protected] and complete an online application at

Candidates selected for the program will be notified no later than June 8, 2018. 

For more information contact Ralonda Hampton, Legislative Aide to Councilmember Page, via e-mail at [email protected] or (614) 645-5524.