(WTXL) — The City of Tallahassee hosted its Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy student orientation Monday morning.
Mayor John Dailey and local commissioners greeted attendees ready to embark on an eight-week journey into the realities of the workplace.
The program provides local youth with mentorship, job readiness training, and summer employment among other benefits.
"Yeah everyone is excited look, we've got great students in this community, they want that first job, they want to learn the life lessons on the job, and they want to earn a little bit of money," said Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey.
More than 200 teens are expected to participate this year.
Over the past three years, the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy program has led to more than 1,000 professional certifications. Additionally, more than 20 percent of program participants remain employed after they complete the program.