For Immediate Release - May 14, 2008

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN WORCESTER

WORCESTER – Wednesday, May 14, 2008 – Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray today announced the City of Worcester will receive $533,081 in funding for the YouthWorks summer jobs program this year, an increase of nearly $153,000.  This funding alone is enough to employ over 270 young people and once combined with other resources and efforts in Worcester, well over 500 young men and women will be employed this summer.

“In an effort to increase the opportunities available to our young people and to encourage their growth and development, we must take a holistic approach, as YouthWorks does, to coordinate education and employment services,” said Lt. Governor Murray.

Joined by Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Suzanne M. Bump, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Judy Ann Bigby and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Kevin M. Burke at Worcester Technical School, Lt. Governor Murray addressed students, school administrators and city officials, focusing the Administration’s comprehensive approach to combating youth violence that includes prevention, intervention and enforcement.   

The announcement comes the day after Governor Deval Patrick highlighted the Administration’s funding of more than $5.6 million for the YouthWorks summer jobs program – an increase of $1.2 million from last year – that coordinates education, employment and support services to increase opportunity and development for young people throughout Massachusetts. 

This funding, administered through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, expands youth employment opportunities in the summer job market.

The YouthWorks program helps employers pay the wages of the summer job placements, where youth are employed in a variety of areas including administrative, camp counselors, and maintenance and landscaping.

“We must take steps to connect our youth to job opportunities now as the greatest predictor of holding a job as an adult is one who holds a job as a teenager,” said Secretary Bump.  “Teens who work are put on a path that leads to greater academic success and lifetime earnings.”

In 2007, the Patrick-Murray administration invested more than $2.2 million in the City of Worcester through grants administered by the Executive Office Public Safety and Security that funded summer jobs and recreation, youth development activities, community policing and a New Police Officer Initiative. 

“As noted by the Administration often, our mission is to create safe spaces for our youth to make good decisions,” said Secretary Burke. “We’d rather be in the business of intervention and prevention than enforcement.  We want to push our youth to jobs not involvement with law enforcement.”

In 2007, Executive Office of Health and Human Services grants of $175,000 also funded Worcester’s YouthNet coalition which provides youth a voice to ensure programming is relevant and youth focused, leadership opportunities, worker training, and a means to address youth violence prevention.

“It is important to develop community partnerships and reward organizations with the funding to do the hard work we find must be done within every community,” said Secretary Bigby.  “Our mission is to bring everyone to the table working toward the same goal.”  

Employers looking for additional information on hiring youth can visit http://www.commcorp.org/ or call toll-free at 866-968-8461.


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WORCESTER - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray today announced the City of Worcester will receive $533,081 in funding for the YouthWorks summer jobs program this year, an increase of nearly $153,000. This funding alone is enough to employ over 270 young people and once combined with other resources and efforts in Worcester, well over 500 young men and women will be employed this summer.

"In an effort to increase the opportunities available to our young people and to encourage their growth and development, we must take a holistic approach, as YouthWorks does, to coordinate education and employment services," said Lt. Governor Murray.

Joined by Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Suzanne M. Bump, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Judy Ann Bigby and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Kevin M. Burke at Worcester Technical School, Lt. Governor Murray addressed students, school administrators and city officials, focusing the Administration's comprehensive approach to combating youth violence that includes prevention, intervention and enforcement.

The announcement comes the day after Governor Deval Patrick highlighted the Administration's funding of more than $5.6 million for the YouthWorks summer jobs program - an increase of $1.2 million from last year - that coordinates education, employment and support services to increase opportunity and development for young people throughout Massachusetts.

This funding, administered through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, expands youth employment opportunities in the summer job market.

The YouthWorks program helps employers pay the wages of the summer job placements, where youth are employed in a variety of areas including administrative, camp counselors, and maintenance and landscaping.

"We must take steps to connect our youth to job opportunities now as the greatest predictor of holding a job as an adult is one who holds a job as a teenager," said Secretary Bump. "Teens who work are put on a path that leads to greater academic success and lifetime earnings."

In 2007, the Patrick-Murray administration invested more than $2.2 million in the City of Worcester through grants administered by the Executive Office Public Safety and Security that funded summer jobs and recreation, youth development activities, community policing and a New Police Officer Initiative.

"As noted by the Administration often, our mission is to create safe spaces for our youth to make good decisions," said Secretary Burke. "We'd rather be in the business of intervention and prevention than enforcement. We want to push our youth to jobs not involvement with law enforcement."

In 2007, Executive Office of Health and Human Services grants of $175,000 also funded Worcester's YouthNet coalition which provides youth a voice to ensure programming is relevant and youth focused, leadership opportunities, worker training, and a means to address youth violence prevention.

"It is important to develop community partnerships and reward organizations with the funding to do the hard work we find must be done within every community," said Secretary Bigby. "Our mission is to bring everyone to the table working toward the same goal."

Employers looking for additional information on hiring youth can visit http://www.commcorp.org/youthworks/employer-towns.html or call toll-free at 866-968-8461.


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