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Applications now available for city and county Learn and Earn program


Applications for the 2015 Learn and Earn program are now available online.

Completed applications for the summer youth employment initiative must be submitted in person byApril 30 at various locations throughout the county and city.

“By working together on this vitally important effort, we are poised to spread opportunities to youth around the region,” said City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. “We will not only be increasing the number of jobs, and helping build bridges toward future careers, but building the citizens of tomorrow.”

Learn and Earn is open to all City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County residents who will be at least 14 and no older than 21 as of June 29, 2015. Income guidelines vary from $38,950 for a family of one to $73,400 for a family of eight. The first day of employment is June 29, 2015 and the last day is August 7, 2015.

The program incorporates a three-tiered model which provides for appropriate placement and job/skills matching. Pay rates range from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour depending upon which tier the youth is participating in for the program.

“I’m very proud to have Allegheny County partner with the City of Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board on this initiative. In the next few years, there will be a large number of employees in our region beginning to leave the workforce for retirement, and we should be preparing to fill those gaps,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

“Giving the youth in our community experience through the Learn and Earn program is a starting place that allows them to gain real world experience, explore careers in which they may be interested and earn a paycheck at the same time.”

The jobs will be concentrated in 14 career tracks based on the growing or trending occupations in the Pittsburgh area: Community Development (government and non-profit), Customer Service, Education, Financial/Banking, Health Care, Human Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Labor/Trades, Marketing, Park Management, Public Safety, Public Works and Recreation.

Daily assignments and tasks will vary based upon the youth’s selected career or occupation track, and tier.

To be eligible, all youth must meet age, income, U.S. citizenship, and residency requirements. They are also required to provide verification of various application items. The application packet is seven pages and includes a fact sheet, instructions, application (front and back), income guidelines, application checklist and directions on how to obtain a work permit. It is available and, as well as in each of the application centers. Applications must be submitted with the required documentation or the application will be determined ineligible. Applicants who are younger than 18 years of age must have applications signed by a parent or legal guardian.

A full listing of the application centers follows. Applications will be accepted at the locations through Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. The locations are accepting the completed applications Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also on Saturday, April 18 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Locations nearest South Pittsburgh include: Allegheny County Human Services, One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or Goodwill of SWPA-South Side, Goodwill Building, 2400 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.


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