One thousand apply for 250 summer jobs with city
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl isn't the only one who wants a safer summer in Pittsburgh.
Three-hundred more youth, totaling more than one-thousand, applied for his Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP) this year than last, after he and members of Pittsburgh City Council announced their two-pronged approach to keep Pittsburgh safer this summer.
“These numbers tell the story,” Mayor Ravenstahl said. “When we extend opportunities to our youth to get off of the streets and make a positive impact in their neighborhoods, they respond.”
The “Safe Summer Pittsburgh” plan, announced last month, extends the scope of two mayoral initiatives: the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP) and the Beat Cop Program. Support from Community Development Block Grant monies, the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority and the Pittsburgh Foundation will allow for more than 250 youth to be hired this summer - a sharp increase from last year's 197 - and more than double the number of neighborhood beat cops.
“The Safe Summer Pittsburgh plan has two objectives - to connect our young people to rewarding job opportunities, and to place more police on patrol in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Ravenstahl said. “As schools let out and the temperatures start to rise, we're determined to keep our kids and communities even safer this summer.”
The PSYEP youth will work with the City's Public Works Department on conservation service-learning projects, such as removing invasive plants from vacant lots and maintaining park trails. Part of the work day will be spent in an education track where participants will learn about career exploration, environmental concerns and stewardship of public lands.
The program is managed and supervised by the Student Conservation Association (SCA).
Selected PSYEP youth have already begun receiving letters of acceptance in the mail. Applicants were chosen through a random lottery system. Students will begin work