The Urban Youth Corps Program workers have been busy since the first week of June taking care of needed work in the city. On Friday, the mix of high school and college students were working on a big remodeling project at the E.S. Bishop Center.
"They have done tremendous work," said center supervisor Jean Murphy. "You couldn't ask for a better group of workers … they are all so nice and do anything you ask them to do."
The workers are comprised of seven males and three females. While at the Bishop Center, the group has done such things as paint new parking lines and awnings while also adding a fresh coat to an outside building along with painting outside window frames. Workers also added some fresh paint to a flag pole.
"It's a job that keeps us busy during the summer," said Mable Leggett of the 40-hour per week job that pays at or slightly above minimum wage.
"The work has been real laid-back and we have been able to get a lot accomplished," said Davorius James, who has been doing some water pressuring at the Bishop Center and at Project Attention. "It has been fun working with this group … we all know one another and are comfortable around each other."
The City of Corinth received a $35,000 grant to hire the youngsters. The program returned this year after a few year hiatus.
"The Bishop Center is our biggest project, but we will keep working until everything is done," said Christian Stone, a 20-year-old member of the work group.
"We have got done a lot faster than I thought," added Jackson Cornelius of the work done by individuals age 16 through 25.
Paint and some remodeling work is also slated for the inside of the center.
"They have really brightened things up," said Murphy while showing off the paint work inside the center. "The kids have really worked hard."
Kim Ratlif is the Project Coordinator of the city's program.