Governor Patrick Announces $6 Million for Youth Summer Jobs Funding
Administration aims to fund thousands of summer jobs to promote opportunity, reduce youth violence
Governor Patrick makes an announcement relative to youth summer jobs funding. (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)
BROCKTON -- Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - On the heels of his announcement yesterday of the Massachusetts Safe and Successful Youth Initiative, a multi-faceted strategy for eliminating youth violence in the Commonwealth, Governor Deval Patrick today announced $6 million in total funding to go towards an estimated 3,000 summer jobs for at-risk youth across the Commonwealth.
The funds are a combination of $4 million in YouthWorks funding administered by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Commonwealth Corporation, as well as $2 million in Federal Byrne Grant funding that has been directed by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to fund summer jobs. Program sites in over two dozen towns will use this funding to help create safe, productive jobs for students to earn money and serve their community during their time away from school this summer. The Patrick-Murray Administration is also anticipating additional summer jobs funding from the current budget deliberations, with the potential to bring the total up to 4,000 jobs for youth this summer.
"These jobs are essential to providing our Commonwealth's at-risk youth with a better opportunity for a brighter future, while reducing youth violence across the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "I look forward to working with our partners to ensure that YouthWorks remains fully funded this summer, so we can continue our commitment to the next generation."
"As we work with communities to help our youth succeed now and in the future, we need to engage young people with workforce training inside and outside the classroom," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "YouthWorks is a great opportunity that provides young people, including those most at-risk, with job opportunities to help them develop critical skills and also serve their community."
YouthWorks is a state-subsidized employment program for at-risk youth aged 14 to 21, operating in 29 cities and towns across the Commonwealth that demonstrate the greatest incidence of juvenile detention and adjudication. YouthWorks participants are employed approximately 25 hours per week over a six-week period at public, private and non-profit worksites. Local workforce areas and their partners also offer youth pre-employment training in skill development such as conflict resolution, good work habits, financial literacy and job safety training. Youth are placed in jobs including landscaping, counseling, human services, arts and communications.
The Edward J. Byrne Memorial Grant funds innovative anti-crime programs developed and implemented by cities and towns, state universities, state agencies and non-profit agencies and organizations. The Byrne grant program allows cities and towns, often in partnerships with academic institutions and non-profits, to fund programs that have proven to be effective in reducing crime at the local level, including summer jobs.
"These jobs help build essential workplace skills for thousands of the Commonwealth's youth," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. "In addition, as part of the Governor's priority to end youth violence in the Commonwealth, this summer's YouthWorks program will ensure that a minimum of 15% of the participants reflect our most at-risk youth, such as those who have had involvement in gangs, or with the criminal justice system."
"A key to preventing violence is to support community efforts," said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Mary Beth Heffernan. "This funding enhances the administration's coordinated effort to prevent violence by giving youth the opportunity to earn and learn."
"The more young people work as teens, the more ability they will have to work and earn as adults," said Nancy Snyder, President & CEO of the Commonwealth Corporation, which administers YouthWorks. "This is an important investment in our future pipeline of skilled workers to fill jobs that are essential to our economic success as a Commonwealth."
Governor Patrick made today's announcement at the Brockton Rox stadium, which is partnering with the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board to hire 70 youth this summer. The organization has developed a "learn and work" model in which youth will be placed into seven teams of ten and assigned to different tasks necessary to the park's function including security, turf management, concessions and guest relations among others. The Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board will receive nearly $125,000 as part of today's announcement, which will allow these 70 jobs to be subsidized at 50 percent for the first five weeks. The Brockton Rox organization will fund the full pay for the remainder of the summer.
The funding announced today comes from a supplemental appropriation passed last month ($4 million) and the Byrne Program operated by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security ($2 million) to support teens in engaging in productive activities over the summer that will help them develop critical work skills necessary to succeed in the workplace as adults. The allocations for the 2011 Youthworks program follows below - allocations and job estimates for the Byrne Program funding are still being processed and will be determined in the days ahead.
Allocations for the 2011 Youthworks program:
- Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. will receive $41,338 for Pittsfield, to create a minimum of 21 jobs.
- Boston Private Industry Council will receive $1,444,000 for Boston, to create a minimum of 752 jobs.
- Bristol Workforce Investment Board will receive $201,592 for Fall River, Taunton and Attleboro, to create a minimum of 104 jobs.
- Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board will receive $124,914 for Brockton, to create a minimum of 104 jobs.
- Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board will receive $30,097 for Barnstable, to create a minimum of 15 jobs.
- Central Massachusetts Regional Employment Board will receive $378,370 for Milford, Webster and Worcester, to create a minimum of 197 jobs.
- Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc. will receive $530,790 for Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield, to create a minimum of 276 jobs.
- Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board will receive $172, 583 for Lowell, to create a minimum of 89 jobs.
- Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. will receive$143,373 for New Bedford, to create a minimum of 74 jobs.
- Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board will receive $230,899 for Haverhill and Lawrence, to create a minimum of 120 jobs.
- Metro North Regional Employment Board will receive $253,238 for Cambridge, Chelsea and Malden, to create a minimum of 131 jobs.
- Metro South/West Regional Employment Board will receive $31,174 for Framingham, to create a minimum of 16 jobs.
- North Central Mass. Regional Employment Board will receive $96,253 for Fitchburg, Gardner and Leominster, to create a minimum of 50 jobs.
- North Shore Workforce Investment Board will receive $175,805 for Lynn and Salem, to create a minimum of 91 jobs.
- South Coastal Workforce Investment Board will receive $94,708 for Quincy, Randolph and Weymouth, to create a minimum of 49 jobs
Employers wishing to participate in the program, and teens looking for summer jobs are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline at 1-866-968-8461.
For employers who want to find out how to hire young people in youth employment programs like YouthWorks, log on to the brand new web portal http://massyouthemployment.org starting on Wednesday, May 11. This site also provides information for young people seeking work and much more.
Yesterday, the Governor was joined by Attorney General Martha Coakley, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, local legislators, public safety officials, law enforcement professionals, community organizers, parents and young people at the BCYF, Mildred Avenue Community Center in Mattapan to launch the Massachusetts Safe and Successful Youth Initiative, a multi-faceted strategy for eliminating youth violence in the Commonwealth. To implement this strategy, the Governor will issue an Executive Order emphasizing the Administration's commitment to partnering with local officials to tackle this issue, file legislation creating tougher gun laws that hold "high impact" individuals accountable and seek $10 million in additional funding to support implementation efforts.