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Posted on: April 17, 2018

SUMMER JOBS FOR NORTHAMPTON YOUTH!

SUMMER JOBS FOR NORTHAMPTON YOUTH!

With the help of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, Franklin Hampshire Career Center and Community Action Youth Programs, the Mayor of Northampton will once again host Northampton YouthWorks, a summer jobs program for eligible Northampton young people, age 14-21.  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from Commonwealth Corporation.

Governor Baker dedicated over $9.9 million in this year’s budget to support such city-sponsored programs across the Commonwealth, which must be matched 20% by contributions from the private sector to support youth employment.  

 The Northampton YouthWorks Program will put 22 Northampton youth age 14-21, to work in private or public sector employment during the summer months, in jobs 6 to 8 weeks in length.  The program will pay for youth wages and for staff time to develop placements and counsel youth, including provision of 15 hours of training on Employment Readiness, Safety and Career Exploration.

Eligible youth must be low-income and residents of Northampton, Florence or Leeds.  They will earn $11 an hour. 

“We are very excited about this opportunity to put Northampton youth to work again in the community this summer,” says Mayor David Narkewicz. “Last year they worked at such places as Casa Latina, Cancer Connection, All Out Adventure, The Good Dog Spot, US Fish and Wildlife Department, Northampton Schools and the YMCA. I heard that employers and youth were really happy with the program. We do need participating businesses, especially private sector, to donate the equivalent of a youth’s first two week‘s wages as ‘match’ to the project, so we can continue to qualify for this program every year.”

Community Action is actively seeking businesses and organizations who are interested in hosting a youth intern over the summer.  Please contact Myck LeMay if interested in applying!  413-774-7028 x789.

Youth applications are available at Community Action Youth Programs and online at: www.communityaction.us/NohoYW

Completed youth applications must be mailed to or dropped off at:

Community Action Youth Programs—YouthWorks

17 New South St. Suite #100

Northampton, MA 01060

Preference is given to completed applications received by May 25th, 2018.  Applications will not be accepted after June 1st, 2018.

*Please do not return completed applications to schools*

For more info: Community Action Youth Programs at 413-774-7028.