2018 Youth Summer Jobs Campaign kicks off Friday

Hampden County

Teens and college students will soon be looking for summer jobs. Finding jobs should be easier, thanks to a local summer jobs campaign.

Looking for that first job can be stressful. The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is making it easier for young people to find a job here in western Massachusetts.

The Board launched their 2018 summer jobs campaign in our 22News studios Friday. The program will give 900 disadvantaged youth between the ages of 14-21 a chance to work at private sector businesses and community organizations.

“They’ll have an opportunity to do some career development, develop skills, be mentored earn a paycheck,” said Kathryn Kirby of the Regional Employment Board. “It means so much to them because they want to work and learn and earn at the same time.”

Fenway Golf President Andrew Fisk told 22News about half of his staff are either high school or college students. Workers at Fenway Golf told 22News that every year, they receive about 100 applications from high school and college students.

“I get so many applications every year,” said Fisk. “It’s hard to only hire 4-5 kids every year. We don’t have a large turnover rate a lot of kids like to stay here straight through college.”

One Westfield State University student in the YouthWorks program recommends it to other people her age.

“We all have to start somewhere so it should be as soon as possible and I thank everyone for the opportunities,” said Briana Fleury. “Don’t be afraid to go for it, be yourselves and don’t be afraid to be successful.”

Teenagers and young adults employed through the program will earn $11 an hour, work about 125 hours for six weeks, and receive 15 hours of workplace readiness skills and workplace safety training.

Employers interested in hiring youth, or becoming a YouthWorks worksite should contact Kathryn Kirby at 413-755-1359 or kkirby@rebhc.org or visit www.REBHC.org.


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