TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A program entitled "Plant a Seed" is working to help young men and women discover new career path opportunities.
The program directs students to work part-time during the summer with various city departments, and it was founded by councilman Willie Jennings.
Joshua Parks recently completed the program with the Tupelo Fire Department, and is now working full-time as a firefighter.
"It teaches you a little something about yourself. A lot of times it's very physical but it teaches you where your heart is and where your mind is and to never quit," Parks said.
"By hiring someone from the Plant a Seed program, like I said, we give someone that's very young and they are energetic. And, they bring a lot of energy to the program and to the fire service. We really enjoy having firefighters like Joshua Parks on board," said Romeco Taylor, training officer.
The "Plant a Seed" program is also available through the Tupelo Police Department, the Water & Light Department, Public Works, and Park and Rec.