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Boston Summer Jobs Receive Funding

Posted on March 31, 2009

A new round of funding will help create Boston summer jobs.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino recently announced that the City of Boston‘s summer jobs program will receive $4 million from the 2010 operating budget. Money for the program will come from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, as well as state and local funding that will equal $9 million.

“A summer job is a short-term experience, but it yields long-term benefits – not just for the teen or the employer, but for our City,” Menino said in a press release. “Working together, we can continue to provide positive and enriching opportunities for our young people, creating a more vibrant future for Boston.”

The funds will help those 14 to 24-years old find employment during the summer. The city hopes to help 10,000 youth in all find jobs by using government funds, private foundation contributions and a large private sector program, which has employed 3,500 to 4,500 youth in past years.

Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act alone will help create 800 summer jobs and some additional opportunities in the fall and winter. Another $2.5 million in funding from the state’s YouthWorks program will help supplement federal and city funding.

The $9 million in funding will provide salaries for more than 5,000 teenagers. Already, 8,000 youths have registered with the Boston Youth Fund‘s Hopeline. Last year, 14,000 youths applied for jobs under the range of summer employment programs.