Work program for Kentucky 12 and 13 year olds moves out of the Senate

Republished from WEKU.

The Kentucky Senate has acted to set in place framework for a work program involving 12 and 13-year-olds. GOP Bill Sponsor David Givens said these young people could earn money working with non-profits. In giving an example of preparing for a 5-K fundraiser, Givens said participants would be able to work up to three hours on a school day.

“And for us to be able to say that 13 and 14-year-olds can do this and get paid for it but 12 and 13-year-old kids can’t, is an injustice to those 12 and 13-year-olds that want to learn some good work skills,” said Givens.

Givens said youth workers who miss school days can’t work the three hours during school.

The legislation comes following a request from One Lexington. The organization, situated in the Lexington mayor’s office, works to reduce youth violence. Lexington GOP Senator Amanda Mays Bledsoe applauded One Lexington and said this would only further their efforts.

Lexington Democratic Senator Reggie Thomas said there are many benefits to this type of employment.

“We’re teaching them very important skills that you need in the workforce. Showing up on time. Getting your work done in a timely manner. Working in collaboration with others. Those are important skills one needs to be able to be successful in life,” said Thomas.

Thomas said efforts by One Lexington have made a major impact in the central Kentucky community. Parental or guardian permission would be required for a youngster to participate in the work program.

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Originally published by WEKU.

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