NYC Kicks Off Summer Youth Jobs Program

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A rite of passage for many teens is the summer job. New York City is helping youths in the city with this milestone through employment and learning programs.

About 31,700 youths are participating in various city-sponsored summer jobs and summer learning programs, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“With many young people now struggling to find employment, opportunities for summer jobs are very welcome, said Mayor Bloomberg. “These programs help working families, keep kids in school, and help students do better on Regents exams and increases graduation rates. We are grateful to the more than 80 corporate and philanthropic sponsors for their support of our City’s young people this summer.”

Participants are chosen by lottery. They earn the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.                    

The largest program is run by the city Department of Youth and Community Development, providing young people age 14 to 24 a seven-week job placement.

The city Department of Education announced two new programs called NYC Summer Quest and Career and Technical Education Summer Scholars. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the programs are designed to prevent summer learning loss.