AL to start summer youth job program in May

MONTGOMERY ] The Governor's Office of Workforce Development (GOWD), the Department of Human Resources (DHR), the Department of Industrial Relations, and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs are partnering to facilitate a Summer Youth Employment Program through the Alabama Career Center System for the 65]county Local Workforce Investment Area (LWIA), excluding Jefferson and Mobile counties.

The program is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and with funds from the Emergency Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) through DHR.

The Summer Youth Employment Program is designed to employ youth 16]24 years old. The program will operate between May 3, 2010, and August 13, 2010. Eligible youth will be paid $7.25 per hour for 35 hours per week for the equivalent of eight (8) weeks or a maximum of 280 hours.

There are approximately 1,450 positions available. WIA will fund about 925 participants and TANF about 525 participants.

"The Summer Youth Employment Program offers excellent opportunities for young people to have hands]on experience in real work settings," said Dr. Matthew Hughes, director of GOWD. "For many of the program participants, this is their first 'real' job with a paycheck. They come away with a sense of pride and accomplishment, and a better focus on what they need to do to be successful."

Real work experience in clerical, health care, state park and building maintenance, and landscaping will provide participants with a better understanding of future employment and training options.

"We're very excited to be working with the Office of Workforce Development to provide summer jobs for youths," said DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner. "It's our hope that the program will promote the development of good work habits and basic work skills for these youths while helping them earn money to assist them with basic needs."

The Alabama Career Center System will oversee the Summer Youth Employment Program.

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Source: Alabama Career Center System

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