For Immediate Release - August 10, 2009

PATRICK ADMINISTRATION SURPASSES GOAL OF 10,000 YOUTH EMPLOYED IN SUMMER JOBS

BOSTON - Monday, August 10, 2009 - As part of his Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state's economic future, Governor Deval Patrick today announced the Commonwealth has surpassed goals for the number of youth in summer employment, with well over 10,000 currently at work statewide.


"Summer jobs are essential to helping our young people understand the importance of responsibility and commitment," said Governor Patrick. "Thanks to an innovative combination of state and federal recovery funds, more kids than ever have a chance to work, earn and learn this summer."


In March, Governor Patrick committed more than $30 million over two years in state and federal recovery funds to create an estimated 10,000 summer jobs for young people between the ages of 14-24 in 60 communities across Massachusetts.


The funds included $6.67 million from the state's YouthWorks summer jobs program with $3.1 million in public safety funds and $21.1 million in workforce development funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Youth were placed in jobs across industry sectors and trades, such as hospitals, parks, and non-profit organizations.


"Summer jobs are a crucial part of our summer programming for young people. These jobs not only put cash in teens' pockets but also give them a chance to work in businesses and with people who can offer different perspectives on their future," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. "These jobs are life changing experiences for many of our young people and I want to thank the Governor and our partners in Washington for their commitment in giving many more students this valuable opportunity."


"Summer job programs teach our kids skills and help the community. Governor Patrick has done a great job surpassing his goal of putting 10,000 young people to work this summer," said Senator John Kerry.


"Summer jobs are a terrific way to stimulate the economy," said Congressman Mike Capuano. "We're putting money in the pockets of teens who need it, and we are also creating a positive summer experience. I am pleased that so many teens who might not otherwise have summer jobs have had this opportunity."


"I certainly support Governor Patrick's decision to dedicate stimulus funds to create summer jobs for thousands of our young people," said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. "Especially in this difficult economy, a summer job can make a huge difference for a young person - providing a positive experience to build on."


"I have visited several of these job training programs throughout my district this summer," Congressman James McGovern said. "This is an excellent use of stimulus funding."


"Governor Patrick was proactive in coordinating existing summer jobs infrastructure with new federal assistance through stimulus funds," said State Senator Anthony D. Galluccio. "I am thankful that the Governor continues to see the importance of summer employment to build critical job skills and prevent undesirable outcomes."


"We could not be more thrilled to have exceeded the Governor's goal of serving 10,000 young people. This continues to be an extraordinary partnership between the state, the private sector, and our workforce development system to put every dollar to work that we can towards economic recovery," said EOLWD Secretary Suzanne M. Bump. "Today's youths are tomorrow's workforce, and our investment in building their skills now will yield rewards in the future."


Creating and maintaining jobs and developing tomorrow's workforce are critical components of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:


For more information about the YouthWorks program, visit www.commcorp.org/youthworks. For more information about federal recovery in Massachusetts, please visit .

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