Projections are for teenagers' unemployment to reach 27% this summer, and that raises a big concern for law officers.
Lieutenant Terron Hayes, of the Crime Prevention Division of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, is concerned that too much time on the hands of teenagers who can't find summer jobs won't be positive.
He says that idle time leads to criminal mischief, and offers gangs a foot in the door when teens can't find jobs to occupy their time and put a little honest money in their pockets.
Hayes says that parents should be proactive in helping find positive outlets for teens this summer.
The sheriff's office offers the 'Champs' Program, and he expects remaining slots to fill very quickly. They will offer sign ups from May 14 to May 21 in front of the courthouse.
The Boys and Girls Club provides many summer jobs to teens, but federal budget cuts will have a negative impact on that this year.
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