$118K to aid youth in jobs

Sunday, July 26

The Berkshire County Regional Employment Board's Youth Council has chosen six program operators to receive $118,267 for youth programs this summer.

The money, part of the Ameri-can Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to provide services to more than 70 youths through this fall, according to a prtess statement from the Employment Board.

Contracts have been awarded to the following organizations to provide work experiences to in-school and/or out-of-school eligible youth:

n Adams Youth Center, Inc., $17,287 to serve 10 in-school youth

n Corporation for Public Management, $16,569 to serve 8 out-of-school youth

n Hillcrest Educational Cen-ters, $7,290 to serve 8 in-school youth

n Lenox Public Schools, $18,348 to serve 12 in-school youth

n North Adams Public Schools, $27,773 to serve 20 in-school youth

n Southern Berkshire Educa-tional Collaborative, $31,000 to serve 12 in-school youth

The Berkshire ARRA youth employment program is an em-ployment program for youth ages 14-24 who meet Workforce Invest-ment Act and stimulus funding eligibility. Funds are used to subsidize their summer employment costs.

Two programs began on June 29 and the remainder started on July 6 and 13. They run between four and six weeks.

In many cases, this is the young person's first work-experience. The goal is to help them explore all aspects of a particular industry, and to formulate career goals.

They range from 14 to 24 years and work an average of 100 hours.


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