Mayor Richard J. Berry congratulates 14 young people who took time out of their summers to learn how to Keep Albuquerque Beautiful.
Today Mayor Richard J. Berry congratulated this year’s Summer Youth Program on a job well done. For the second year in a row this program was launched by the City’s Solid Waste Management Department and developed jointly with Keep Albuquerque Beautiful. 14 youth and two adult supervisors were hired to work from June 17th – August 2nd to help clean unsightly areas of the city. Both adult supervisors and the youth were hired through the City’s summer temp program.
The Mayor’s Summer Youth Program is designed to engage the youth in cleaning unsightly parts of Albuquerque and introduce them to job opportunities while educating them about environmental issues that may face the city.
“The Summer Youth Program is a perfect opportunity for the youth of Albuquerque to learn how to help create a healthy and sustainable city,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Providing our youth a positive outlet with their free time and helping to create community pride is an important goal of the Summer Youth Program.”
Participants of this year’s Summer Youth Program cleaned 83 areas and collected 9,820 pounds of trash. While working in these areas the youth collected litter, cleaned illegal dumping, prepared recycling containers for collection and cleaned neighborhoods near schools in preparation for back to school.
During the summer program both the youth and adult supervisors worked 20 hours each week. Salaries are paid from Keep Albuquerque Beautiful grant funds. The participants of the program worked closely with the Clean Cities division.
An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful since 1982, Keep Albuquerque Beautiful is dedicated to community education on all solid waste management issues and alternatives through litter control, beautification, and graffiti eradication activities. These activities are geared toward increasing awareness and changing attitudes through public information.
For more information on Keep Albuquerque Beautiful programs visit www.keepalbuquerquebeautiful.com