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City to employ 554 youth this summer


Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has officially launched the 2009 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP) that will run from July 6 through August 14, 2009.

This year, a record 554 youths will be employed, thanks to $1 million in stimulus (ARRA) dollars, $150,000 from The Pittsburgh Foundation and $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant money allocated by the mayor.

"My goal for this year's Summer Youth Employment Program was to hire more than 500 youths and with this additional funding, we'll be able to do just that," said Mayor Ravenstahl.

The highly successful program for economically disadvantaged youths will be split 50/50 between two employment tracts. One tract consists of conservation/field work, which includes outdoor jobs such as restoration and conservation of City parks, public property and vacant lots; the other tract utilizes internships, including general office work in a variety of businesses.

"I wanted to include internships so that our youths

have the opportunity to experience on the-job-training firsthand. By reaching out to local youths and providing them with job opportunities and work skills, we're setting them on the road to a lifetime of success," Mayor Ravenstahl said.

The program runs 30 hours/week, 6 hours/day during typical business hours at a pay rate of $7.25/hour. All youths will receive an additional 18 hours of Work Readiness Training - called JumpStart Success. Success staff will help students define their career goals and teach them the interview skills and behavior necessary to succeed in the working world.

City of Pittsburgh youths who will be at least 14 years of age and no older than 21 years of age by July 6 may apply. Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligibility is required for participation. Interested youths may apply until June 10. Applications can be downloaded from www., or, and may also be picked up at any of the five application site centers, which are new this year.

All interested youths must physically take the completed applications, along with required documents stated in the guidelines, to one of the centers before Wednesday, June 10 to be considered for the program. No applications will be accepted at the City-County Building; no applications will be accepted after June 10. After eligibility is confirmed, all youths will be categorized by zip code to ensure that all areas of the city are included, and selection will be through a random lottery.

The purpose of the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program is to keep youths safe during the summer months by providing them with opportunities to earn money, learn through on-the-job training, develop a strong work ethic and gain a sense of community.

Applications must be turned in at one of the following locations:

Brashear Association, Inc.

730 East Warrington Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15210


Northside Leadership Conference

East Commons Professional Building

4 Allegheny Center, Suite 601Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Career Workforce Development Center East

YMCA Homewood

7140 Bennett St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15208


YouthLINK (South)

Goodwill Building

2600 E. Carson St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203



Neighborhood Employment Center

5321 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15224



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