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Supervisors approve funds to train, employ, educate youth this summer

May 14, 2013 | Read More News
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The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday, May 14, allocating federal, state and County funds to employ and educate young people this summer.

The deadline for youth to participate in the Pima County One-Stop Career Center’s Summer Youth Program has passed. No new applicants are being accepted.

Employers who are interested in hiring or placing even just one young person age 14 to 21 in a summer job are encouraged to call (520) 798-0500 or email pledgeajob@pima.gov to choose from the list of qualified applicants.

The funds allocated by the Board of Supervisors are used to provide minimum wage to the youth participating. Employer contributions to youth compensation allow more youth to gain summer work experience.

This year more than 4,000 youth applied for summer positions. About 3,000 applicants were tested for basic education skills. Youth who tested low were recommended for either a basic education program or for a program that combines work experience and basic education.

Youth who test higher are placed in work experience or private internship positions. They attend an employability skills workshop, where they learn about good work habits and employer expectations before they go to work.

Approximately 1,250 youth will be in Pima County or agency positions. An additional 64 will work in Pima County Department of Transportation positions and 30 in Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department positions.

The Board of Supervisors approved contracts with Altar Valley School District, Catholic Community Services, Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona, Portable Practical Education Preparation, SER Jobs for Progress, Tucson Urban League and Tucson Youth Development for academic and workforce services.

The contractors are nonprofit agencies and one school district that provide work experience, intern and basic education programs. The agencies were selected through a Request for Proposal issued in January 2011. Proposals were reviewed and recommendations made by a committee of the Pima County Workforce Investment Board.