Councilman Calls On Community Leaders To Help Unemployed Youth

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LINDEN — Linden’s Youth Summer Job program was reduced due to economic conditions. Everyone – including the city’s young people – is feeling the impact of this economic downturn.

Anthony Myers, a 19-year-old former football and basketball star, graduated from Linden High School in 2008. He couldn’t afford to further his education and was left left unemployed. Councilman Derek Armstead decided to offer a helping hand.

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As the owner of a small home-building business, Armstead took Myers under his wing and taught him various aspects of construction. In the future, Myers would apply his new skills to find other jobs or perhaps go on to start his own business some day.

According to Armstead, “we cannot afford to sit back because work experience is an important factor in lifetime earnings. We must invest in the future of our young people and help them develop into productive members of society.”

The councilman is asking the Linden business community to join him by reaching out to one unemployed youth and help that individual in a similar way. “We may not be able to change the world, but we can change one young person’s life one day at a time by teaching him or her a skill that can be used for a lifetime of work.”

For more information, contact Armstead by e-mail at councilmanarmstead@comcast.net.

Linden resident Anthony Myers learns the art of painting. If anyone is in need of painter, consider calling Myers at 1-908-486-6714.


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