Governor Cuomo Announces $27.5 Million for Youth Summer Jobs Program

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Funding to Help More Than 18,000 Teens Compete in the Workforce

Albany, NY - May 19, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 18,000 young people from low-income households will gain valuable work experience, and a much-needed paycheck, through New York State’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The program connects participants to jobs and helps them acquire skills they can use in school and beyond.

"Helping young New Yorkers find good summer jobs will expand their opportunities and allow them to gain valuable work experience as they prepare for future employment,” Governor Cuomo said. “By building a skilled work force, we are strengthening New York’s economy today, while giving young New Yorkers across the state a chance at a brighter future.”

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is distributing $27.5 million across the state to fund the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program. Young people in the program will work in places such as school districts, parks, nursing homes, summer camps, child care organizations, senior citizens centers and community recreation centers. 

OTDA Commissioner Kristin M. Proud said, “The Summer Youth Employment Program exposes young people from low-income households to careers in a range of different fields. This experience will help them gain knowledge, skills and confidence as they contemplate their own career paths.”

Businesses currently participating in the Summer Youth Employment Programs as it benefits both the students and employers, adding that some teens are hired in full-time positions after their program is complete.

Executive Director of the Five Towns Community Center in Nassau County Bertha Pruitt said, “Young people really need that opportunity for the summer to make some money for school clothing and some spending money. Sometimes we rehire the kids, even as adults. We know their work and we know their history and have been able to evaluate them.”

Courtney Mrowczynski, Human Resources Coordinator at The Friendly Home in Rochester, which provides care for older adults, said, “We have seen the youths grow and develop valuable work skills such as time management, teamwork and relationship building. We have had youths provide companionship to our residents, participate in recreational activities, and work behind the scenes in areas such as dining services, laundry and grounds keeping. We are pleased to help in their professional development by providing mentoring and real-life work experience. In fact, we have actually hired two of the program youths as part-time Friendly Home employees.”

To be eligible for the program, participants must be between the ages 14 and 20, and their total family income must be below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, the income for a family of three must be below $39,060 a year.

Those who are eligible and interested in participating should contact their local department of social services. To find out how, visit the OTDA website.

Below is a list of 2014 funding amounts by county:

County

2014 Amount

Albany

$440,119

Allegany

$135,119

Broome

$343,325

Cattaraugus

$165,865

Cayuga

$115,588

Chautauqua

$252,489

Chemung

$138,561

Chenango

$90,852

Clinton

$154,608

Columbia

$64,167

Cortland

$118,152

Delaware

$83,276

Dutchess

$314,249

Erie

$1,207,092

Essex

$54,976

Franklin

$92,577

Fulton

$84,390

Genesee

$72,870

Greene

$74,358

Hamilton

$7,005

Herkimer

$95,796

Jefferson

$209,180

Lewis

$48,364

Livingston

$125,146

Madison

$124,447

Monroe

$1,011,857

Montgomery

$72,121

Nassau

$729,842

Niagara

$279,842

New York City

$14,453,761

Oneida

$313,510

Onondaga

$691,262

Ontario

$116,170

Orange

$411,661

Orleans

$61,241

Oswego

$258,106

Otsego

$150,997

Putnam

$45,485

Rensselaer

$207,796

Rockland

$279,648

St. Lawrence

$300,484

Saratoga

$163,189

Schenectady

$164,235

Schoharie

$64,235

Schuyler

$31,712

Seneca

$70,627

Steuben

$158,709

Suffolk

$957,538

Sullivan

$119,218

Tioga

$70,771

Tompkins

$383,428

Ulster

$218,779

Warren

$76,514

Washington

$69,395

Wayne

$112,179

Westchester

$737,924

Wyoming

$61,237

Yates

$43,956

 

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