youth summer jobs campaign


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.


Facing what experts predict will be the toughest youth job market in 40 years, a summer youth jobs campaign was launched on Wednesday in western Massachusetts.

A workforce development agency announced a goal of securing 1,000 jobs this summer for youth in Hampden County, a number only slightly higher than the 945 jobs created for young people last year.

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

        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.