PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Hazard city officials continue their search for two students to help pilot a city project and learn the day-to-day business of city government.
The City of Hazard Civic Fellowship Program was created just this year, in hopes to bring life back to the community.
High school seniors and juniors are encouraged to apply. Twenty-five hours of dedication to the job are expected every week during the months of June and July.
Each student will attend civic meetings, report on progress made in city projects, research comparative work, and work side-by-side with city officials.
City Commissioner Luke Glaser says it's important for those who apply to have an interest in the community, government, and policy creation.
"We talk about how kids are moving away and people respond, 'Oh, we've got everything you need right here. They don't need to move away.' And that ignores the fact that kids do move away," Glaser said.
"Brain-drain is a real problem. There was a study done a couple of years ago that showed people that are moving to this area, when they do move to this area, tend to have lower education levels. And the problem with that is we are lacking proper skills that make a city run. What we need to do is bring a city back."
Applicants are required to provide a current resume, two reference contacts, and an essay of no more than 500 words to the following prompts:
"Why are you interested in the City of Hazard Civic Fellowship Program and what do you hope to gain from the experience?"
"State a problem you think the City of Hazard currently faces and some ideas you think could address these issues."
The deadline has now been extended to Tuesday, May 7.