With the summer season upon us, youths across our area will be looking for work to keep them busy and earn money.
In today's job market, it isn't easy for young people to find summer jobs. A couple of state programs, however, aim to improve the chances for low-income youths.
The NY Youth Works and Summer Jobs programs have helped thousands of youths across the state find employment opportunities and prepare for the work force.
Thousands of jobs are still available to young New Yorkers through the state programs this year, according to state officials.
The NY Youth Works program is designed to provide permanent, unsubsidized employment for youths. New York businesses have offered more than 10,000 full- and part-time job opportunities through the program. Eligible participants include unemployed, low-income youths ages 16 through 24 who are in one of the following areas: Albany, Brookhaven, Buffalo, Hempstead, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, New York City, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Utica and Yonkers. Youths interested in participating in the program may call the state Department of Labor at (877) 226-5724 or visit www.labor.ny.gov.
The Summer Jobs Program enables more than 18,000 teens to be employed across the state this summer. Eligible participants must be ages 14 through 20, and their family must be a recipient of public assistance or have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (for example, $37,060 for a family of three). Youths interested in participating in the program should contact their local department of social services.
We encourage parents and youths to take advantage of these resources.