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  • March 11 deadline for summer jobs program

    Feb 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    ARIZONA@WORK Pima County’s Summer Youth Employment Programs are accepting applications from youth age 14-24 who want to work this summer or catch up on school credits.

    Student workerPima County partners with several local agencies to offer the placements to students. The two sessions the county offers are May 31-June 30 and July 1-July 29. Note that not all ages may be eligible for every summer program included within the application process.

    Deadline to apply and set up an assessment test is Friday, March 11. Youth can apply online  or pick up an application form at a local high school, community center or library.

    Applicants also may call 724-9639 for more information.
    Depending on funding levels, between 1,100 and 1,500 young people in Pima County can gain valuable experience while working for Pima County, the City of Tucson, the University of Arizona and dozens of participating local businesses. The pay is the Arizona minimum wage of $8.05/hour.

    The jobs they perform vary widely, from outdoor labor to clerical to retail. Virtually all industries are represented, including public, private, non-profit and for-profit organizations.

    The summer youth employment program was a great fit for Raquel Galvez, 17. The Tucson Magnet High School student is now a three-year veteran of the program. In her first two years, she worked at the Pima County Public Library in the children’s department. This past year she worked at the Children's Museum Tucson, a gig she has since parlayed into a year-round part-time job.

    "I think the program is a great way to help teens get job experience and it opens up a lot of doors for future jobs," said Galvez.

    Jobs with the Department of Transportation or Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department involve outside manual labor. Applicants for the positions will be placed in a special pool of applicants, which may increase the chances of being selected for a summer job.

    The Summer Youth Programs also include basic education, in which young people can earn elective high school credits through learning in math, reading and writing. Work hours range from 20 to 40 hours per week. Placements range from four to seven weeks depending on the specific work or education program.

    Positions are limited. The county received more than 4,500 applications last year, said Dana Katbah, program manager.  Program participants are selected based on their applications, assessment scores and work interests as well as available funding, applicant program selections, geographic area, employer/worksite requirements.

    Participants attend a one-day “employability skills” workshop, where they learn about good work habits and employer expectations, before they go to work. 

    For more information, call the Pima County Summer Youth Programs Hotline at 520-724-9639.


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