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Memphis teens, young adults get opportunity to learn free job skills

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis teenagers and young adults are being given the chance to learn job skills that will keep them off the streets and benefit their future.

The Office of Youth Services is offering free seminars to make that happen.

"This will prepare them, not just for the job opportunities they can get through our programs, but also for the job opportunities that are available to them in the future," said Taylor Binnix, research and development analyst for Memphis Office of Youth Services.

From networking to resume writing, each week will offer a different skill set for youth, ages 14 to 21, who live in Memphis.

They’ll meet every Tuesday until December 13 with the goal of being able to walk out and ready to go to work.

But not only does this help set teens and young adults up with job skills, it can also have a ripple effect throughout Memphis.

“Research shows that students who have productive outlets for their efforts, such as the year-round enrichment program, which is MAP, or the MPLOY Youth Summer Experience, are really useful ways for helping students stay off the streets," said Binnix.

By focusing on the benefits of employment, the city hopes these kids will be less likely to commit crimes and rather, be positive influences on their peers.

It's A message Mayor Jim Strickland is trying to bring to life with more of these programs.

"We know the youth are really a priority for the mayor, so we really look forward to carrying that priority forward into the community," said Binnix.

These seminars are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Memphis Office of Youth Services.

For more information, go here.