For Immediate Release - May 12, 2011

YouthWorks Launches Website to Connect Employers with Teenage Job Seekers

Employers Encouraged to Explore Benefits of Hiring Young People

Boston - May 12, 2011 - On the heels of Governor Patrick announcing a $6 million commitment to youth summer jobs to create an estimated 3,000 jobs for at-risk youth in twenty-nine cities and towns across the Commonwealth, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Commonwealth Corporation today announced the new YouthWorks website aimed at connecting employers with young people looking for work.  

The brand new portal, http://massyouthemployment.org allows employers to explore how to hire young people, by registering as a worksite, posting jobs, and learning more about the benefits of hiring teens in today's competitive economy. It will serve as a resource for teens looking for a summer job, as well as providing tips and information about getting ready for work and exploring careers.  

The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to funding jobs for the Commonwealth's at-risk youth, as part of a multi-faceted strategy for eliminating youth violence in the Commonwealth. Summer jobs give students a safe and productive way to earn money while serving their community during their time away from school.  

"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." 

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.  

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