County Offers Summer Jobs to Youth

With summer fast approaching, thousands of high school students will be searching for job. At least 950 eligible at-risk youth ages 15-18 will find work through the Summer and After-School Employment program run by the county Social Services Agency. “A young person’s first job and summer employment are rites of passage, and I am committed to making sure these opportunities are available especially for at-risk youth,” said Lori A. Cox, agency director. “Our summer and after school jobs program is one component of an overall strategy to engage employers and begin forging new partnerships to address job creation throughout the county,” she said. The program will cost $5,427,300. The Social Services Agency is contracting with three organizations to recruit, train, and place youth in meaningful summer and after school employment. The Oakland Private Industry Council will place the two-thirds of the young people, providing jobs for 650 youth county-wide.  Youth Employment Partnership will serve 100 youth residing in Central Oakland, and Youth Uprising will serve 200 youth residing in East Oakland. With limited employment opportunities in the City of Oakland and other cities throughout the c      ounty, the program will provide the largest number of employment opportunities for youth this summer. Employers interested in providing summer and after-school opportunities for youth at no cost to the business may contact one of the providing agencies. At-risk youth living in East Oakland who are interested in summer and after school employment opportunities should contact Youth Uprising at (510) 777-9909. Youth residing in Central Oakland should contact the Youth Employment Partnership at (510) 533-3447. Eligible youth throughout Alameda County may contact the Oakland Private Industry Council at (510) 768-4402.    
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