The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the City of Vicksburg recently announced that Vicksburg will provide job opportunities in transportation-related settings to individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 as part of the 2014 Urban Youth Corps Program.

Eligible cities are awarded $35,000 in Federal Highway Administration funds for their Urban Youth Corps Program, which provides participants with on-the-job training, work experience and basic life skills.

"We're excited about this opportunity for our youth," said Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. "This experience will not only provide employment and training, but also introduce youth to transportation-related work. The intent behind this program is to educate this younger generation about the transportation industry, MDOT, and the many careers available in this industry."

"The Urban Youth Corps Program provides jobs and on-site training for our youth," said Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. "It's a good day anytime we can put someone to work."

The City of Vicksburg has selected Cedar Hill Cemetery for this year's Urban Youth Corps Program. Participants will paint and restore 7100 feet of perimeter fencing at the cemetery to restore the landscape of this historic property that is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in the United States that is still in use today. The project will provide on-the-job work experience and life skills training.

Individuals wishing to learn more about the City of Vicksburg's 2014 Urban Youth Corps Program should contact the City's Human Resources Department, at 601-631-3710 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.