Summer Youth Employment Training Program seeks 1,500 work sites for area youth

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youth-summer-jobsAre you a public, private or non-profit employer? Could you use one or more entry-level workers to help complete projects this summer? Would it be easier to decide if you knew their salary and worker’s comp were paid?

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s Summer Youth Employment Training Program is your opportunity to help your community, help our youth and help your business. The Program, made possible through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, will provide salaries and workers’ comp for 1,500 eligible youth living in the Network’s service areas of Lomita, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Torrance.  The youth can work approximately 180 hours during the summer.

“Employers have an opportunity to participate in a meaningful summer employment program for our youth and our community.  We invite employers to provide a work site for one or more youth – and to help spread the word to area nonprofits, and public and private sector employers,” said Bryan Rogers, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board Executive Director

To learn more about the Program and request one or more workers, employers can simply go to the City of Long Beach website and complete the brief online form; or they can call 866.848.3321.

Last year, thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  funding, the Summer Youth employment Training Program placed nearly 1,200 youth at 250 worksites, contributing more than $1.2 million to the local economy.

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board is grateful to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Social Services for providing  $3,855,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to operate the Summer Employment Program for area youth most in need,” said Shaun Lumachi, Workforce Investment Board Chair.

Congress is currently considering a bill that would authorize additional funding which could result in additional jobs for youth during the next year.

“This program gives our local youth – and future workforce – entry level training, confidence that comes from a job well done, exposure to new career pathways, community involvement and responsibility, a paycheck that will be spent locally, and a true sense of accomplishment,” said Mr. Rogers.

Visit City of Long Beach website to request youth worker(s) or for more information.

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