Twin counties get public funds for youth jobs | Columbia County

ALBANY – The Twin Counties are receiving funding to provide summer jobs for disadvantaged youth.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced more than $46 million this year to provide summer jobs for disadvantaged youth through the New York State Summer Youth Employment Program. Among the recipients is Columbia County, which received $110,582. Greene County will receive $115,533.

“The Youth Summer Jobs Program represents a smart, targeted investment in the next generation of our workforce that will pay dividends for New York State,” Hochul said. “We are committed to breaking down barriers to entry into the job market for disadvantaged youth, and youth who participate in this program will learn valuable skills, the importance of academic achievement, and most importantly, be put on the path to success. .”

The Summer Jobs for Youth Program provides jobs and training for young people. An estimated 19,000 young people from low-income families will participate this year according to the Governor’s announcement.

The program is administered by the state Office of Temporary Assistance and Disabilities, the program introduces young people from low-income families to the workforce so they can develop valuable skills that will help them improve their academic performance and to become responsible adults.

The Summer Youth Employment program helps communities across the state create summer jobs for youth from low-income families, including communities where youth are vulnerable or susceptible to gun violence. Participants work entry-level jobs in places including parks, retirement homes, summer camps, day care centers, senior centers and community recreation centers, and others according to the announcement. of the governor.

To be eligible for the 2022 program, participants must be between the ages of 14 and 20 and have a household income below 200% of the federal poverty level or $46,060 for a family of three. Employers can use the funds to subsidize wages, support education and training activities, as well as provide case management and employment-related services, such as transportation to and from work. Young people interested in participating can contact their local department of social services.

The program served more than 18,500 young people last year, providing them with valuable experience in the job market, and often results in improved academic performance afterwards, according to the governor’s announcement.

“The impact that a positive labor market experience can have on young people cannot be overstated, especially for young people from low-income households,” said the commissioner of the Office of Temporary Help and Disability Assistance, Daniel W. Tietz, in a statement. “A growing body of research examines the many and varied benefits of this program, as low-income youth often face a difficult transition to paid work and higher education. In addition to the income it provides, the Summer Jobs for Youth Program can help these young people recognize the importance of academic success and, ultimately, expand their career aspirations.

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Julio V. Miller