NYC Raising Money To Save Summer Jobs For Youths

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — With the end of the school year just around the corner, the Bloomberg administration is trying to raise private money so that thousands of city kids can have summer jobs.

The Summer Youth Employment Program gives young people from 14 to 24 a chance to work for up to seven weeks during the summer with participating museums, libraries, parks or local businesses.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Helping City Kids Find Summer Jobs

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the usual funding for the program was lost in a state budget cut and because of the loss of federal stimulus.

Companies like American Airlines, the Empire State Building and Verizon are among those participating this year. So far, 18 groups have already signed up.

More than 80,000 young people have applied for online for the program so far.

Bloomberg says private gifts are also accepted. It costs $1,500 to offer a child a job for seven weeks, starting July 5.

What do you think of the program? Let us know in our comments section:

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  1. kendra says:

    YES I AM SO HAPPY THAT THEY ARE REALLY PUTTING IN EFFORT INTO SAFING THE SUMMER JOBS FOR OUR YOUTHS INSTEAD OF JUUST LETTING IT GO ALTOGHTER CAUSE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I TOHAD A SUMMER JOB AND I FOUND THAT VERY GOOD FOR ME AS A YOUGH BACK IN THE DAY EVEN THOUGH I DIDN,T GET INTO TROUBLE BUT IT KEPT ME BUSY AND TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE RESPONSIBLE WHICH TODAYS YOUTH DON,T KNOW MUCH ABOUT…SO KUDUS FOR KEEPING THAT UP AND RUNNING.

  2. nyc says:

    If the city would go after the million of jobs being held by Illegal immigrants being payed off the books, maybe there would be more jobs available ! Are we still a sanctuary ciy , where you cannot ask someone if they are Illegal ??

  3. MRS. I. UNDERSTAND says:

    Well thank Goodness for them, adults can’t seem to obtain steady employment so give the young people a chance.
    When adults apply for jobs, they’re told they are over qualified which basically means we don’t want to hire you because not only will you expect over $15 hrly but if your hired full-time you want benefits, vaction/sick and hopefully a pension. It’s perfect for kids, they receive minimum wage, it’s temporary and they’re most likely at home with their parents paying NO BILLS.

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