The Summer 500 is an internship program that helps students gain valuable work experience and create important networking connections. Nearly 300 local youth participated in the 2017 Summer 500 program, and so far this year the City has received more than 400 application from students. The City still needs more businesses to step forward and provide jobs.
Last year more than 100 businesses hired students thanks to public-private partnerships with the Savannah Area Chamber, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Tourism Leadership Council and individual local business owners.
Four past student participants also attended last week’s program kickoff. Last year, Savannah Arts Academy student A’Lani Coppock worked at St. Joseph’s Candler in the Radiology department. Ajani Davis, a New Hampstead High School students worked for Hussey Gay & Bell design firm. Ty’Sahwn Guyton from Jenkins High and Maurice Lee from Beach High were both employed by the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The past participants are pictured above with Mayor DeLoach and Mayor Pro Tem Carol Bell.
Coppock said being involved in the Summer 500 Program has been a life-changing experience. “It’s a job, you get that real world experience, a lot of children don’t get the chance and opportunity to be given a job. You are doing something with your life and you are making an impact,” she said.
The application deadline for students and businesses is March 30.
The Summer 500 program is part of the City of Savannah’s strategic plan Savannah Forward. Proving job opportunities to young people helps the City accomplish two of its five priorities: Economic Strength & Poverty Reduction and Public Safety. In 2016 and 2017 Savannah Police saw a reduction in crime during the summer months compared to previous summers.
The Chamber appreciates the business community’s involvement in both Summer 500 and other student intern programs over the years. We believe participation is an investment in our future workforce that could have an impact for years to come, and we hope you will join us to help continue to ensure its success.