$118K to aid youth in jobs
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.