Chicopee participating in youth employment program

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The city of Chicopee is helping teens find a job this summer.

The city is participating in the Youthworks Summer Employment program through the Valley Opportunity Council.

The program aims to place 900 local youth between the ages of 14 to 21 in summer jobs.

Those employed through the program will earn $11 an hour while working an average of 125 hours over a six week period.

Kristen Wing with the Valley opportunity council told 22News about the impact the program has on young adults.

Wing said, “It has several different positive impacts. First one is we have kids off the street and doing something productive rather than kind of hanging out, doing questionable things or just being stuck in their rooms, watching TV or doing video games.”

If you’re interested in participating in the program, you can pick up applications at the Valley Opportunity Council and the James Stefanik Community Center in Chicopee.

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