Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske launches summer youth jobs program in 5th District

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youth-summer-jobsCleaning and repairing the restrooms, benches and tables and improving the landscaping around community buildings in the 5th Council District parks are at the top of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske’s “to do list” this summer and in order to help her get the work done,  she has requested that a half dozen youth be assigned to her “sprucing up our parks” project.

“Long Beach has received funding through the federal Recovery Act 2009 to employ young adults, ages 14 – 24, 20 – 25 hours a week beginning July 13 through August 31 for up to 200 hours,” explains Schipske. “I have coordinated a work plan with the City’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department that will allow 5 to 8 youth to work with me to fix up Pan Am, Wardlow and Heartwell parks this summer.”

“Working on improving the parks will give these young people not only a summer job but a way to make a real difference in the community in which they live,” says Schipske.

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network will provide wages, worker’s compensation insurance, a job coach and all required administrative procedures. The Summer Youth Employment Training Program is administered by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s Youth Opportunity Center.

The jobs program is also available to non-profit, government or private sector business that can provide a meaningful work experience in an established work environment, mentoring and all necessary work equipment and tools by calling 562.570.4735, 562.570.4733, or, toll free, 866.631.9400.

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