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  • County seeking employers to host summer employees

    Feb 24, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County One-Stop Career Center’s Summer Youth Program is seeking private employers to host young employees this summer in gaining valuable work experience.

    One-Stop pays the wages of the 1,200 people who participate in the program, but more young adults could be accommodated if some employers were able to pick up even part of the wages, said Dana Katbah, program manager. Positions are limited, and the county received more than 4,500 applications last year.

    The Summer Youth Program also includes 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.

    The jobs performed included administrative support, clerk, child care aide, recreation aide, library page and food service worker, among many others.

    Brian Wolff, owner of Epic Café, has been pleased with the program. He’s participated for two years and has already hired on some summer interns as regular employees.

    He recalls one intern whose appearance and demeanor was a little “rough,” but who wanted to work up front in customer service. Wolff said her attitude visibly changed over the course of several weeks when she was exposed to people who “weren’t there to do her harm. There was great growth. That really stuck with me,” he said.

    Katbah sees many upsides for the program. “It introduces young people to the world of work. For many, it’s their first paycheck, which some of them need for things like school supplies. The money goes into the local economy and employers get energetic, new employees.”

    Katbah said the only negative is the number of young people who can’t be accommodated, due to funding restrictions. Employers who could pick up a portion of the interns’ wages would enable the program to accommodate more young adults, she said.

    The deadline for potential interns to apply and set up an assessment test is March 13. Apply online at https://secure.pima.gov/summeryouth or pick up an application form at a local high school, community center or library.

    Applicants also can call 724-9639 for more information. Potential employers can contact Dana Katbah directly at dana.katbah@pima.gov.