The Massachusetts State Legislature this week approved both a new budget for the fiscal year that began Monday and a supplemental budget for the just concluded fiscal year. The action saved a summer jobs program geared toward helping inner-city youth all across the state. It also assured that an anti-crime program in one city that has received national attention will continue.
For students, now is the time of year when school ends and summer vacation begins – and for many that means trying to find a summer job. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at the market for part-time work for young people.
Hoping to reverse what has been called a lost decade of employment for young people, officials in western Massachusetts have launched a youth summer jobs campaign. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Saying that government funded youth summer jobs programs will not come close to meeting the demand, workforce development specialists, and the mayors of the region's two largest cities appealed to the private sector to offer work to teenagers this summer.