April 30, 2013 | Vol. 73 No. 40

Applications available for city summer youth employment program

Applications are available for the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP). This year’s six-week jobs program will place over 300 young residents in employment with the city, who will gain valuable work experience, earn wages and contribute to Pittsburgh’s economic growth.

Since Mayor Luke Ravenstahl brought back the program in 2007, nearly 2,700 young people have received summer jobs ranging from restoring and conserving city parks to administrative tasks in an office setting.

The locally and federally funded six-week PSYEP will begin Monday, July 1 and continue through Friday, Aug. 9, and is available to City of Pittsburgh residents between the ages of 14 and 21. Youths will be assigned to perform outdoor work, including restoration and conservation of city parks, public property and vacant lots, or internships, including general office work in a variety of local businesses or organizations. They will be paid $7.25 per hour, $6.00 per hour for Work Readiness Training and may work up to 30 hours per week.

Applications are available by download at pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/pittsburghpartnership/psyep or by visiting one of the application centers: Goodwill of SWPA (South Side) at 2400 East Carson Street (412-632-1740), Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (East) at 5321 Penn Avenue (412-362-8580) or West End Works (West) at 825 Lorenz Avenue (412-533-2029). Applications will also be available at several neighborhood and community organizations.

Applications must be submitted in person, with the required eligibility documentation stated in the guidelines, to one of the application centers. Applications are accepted from Wednesday, May 1 until Monday, May 13. Applicants who are less than 18 years of age must have their application signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Applicants are selected by a random lottery; selected applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail.

For more information about the 2013 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program, contact Jim Brenner, youth program supervisor at 412-255-2675.

The 2013 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program is made possible through Mayor Ravenstahl’s allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and generous grant funding provided by the Keith T. Hammond Fund; Jane Holmes Hall for Boys Memorial Fund and the Harry W. and Irene Freye Fund from The Pittsburgh Foundation in the amount of $125,000, and a grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in the amount of $75,000.

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