An ordinance to boost summer youth jobs from 365 slots to 1000 slots is expected to be considered by the New Orleans City Council at its Feb. 2 meeting.

The $1.9 million proposal will allow the Office of Workforce Development to start preparing now to provide more job slots for summer applicants. 

The proposed ordinance was offered by at-large Councilwoman Helena Moreno.

“We must prioritize our youth and create more opportunities for them. Increasing the slots for summer jobs is common sense, and the Council will prioritize this,” Moreno said. “The summer jobs program must be prioritized as it was during the Morial Administration. In 1994 during the rising violence in New Orleans, this programming was significantly boosted as a tool to assist in bringing crime down.” 

The City’s traditional summer jobs program pays $15 an hour to youth ages 14-21. The ordinance will be considered at the full Council meeting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2023.

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