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Program to find summer jobs for teens seeks help from city and private sector

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


A program designed to get city kids workforce experience in the summer months is hoping for some help from the private sector this year — and a boost in funding from lawmakers.

The Summer Youth Employment Program placed more than 47,000 young New Yorkers into jobs last year, a number officials hope to match or exceed.

And the need is there. The city received more than 170,000 applications from eager young people in 2014. The deadline for this year is April 10.

“We were heartened to see the Council make it a key priority last year and we are hoping they will do it again this year,” said Gregory Brender of United Neighborhood Houses, who co-chairs the Campaign for Summer Jobs. “The demand has never really met the supply. And this gives kids somewhere positive to be.”

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