Youth Center gets funds for work program

Monday, June 29

ADAMS -- Youth Center Inc. has received funding through the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board to run a summer youth employment program for young people who meet the Workforce Investment Act eligibility.

Funding is provided through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Youth Center Inc. is one of six sites in the county to receive funding through a competitive bid process from BCREB. About 60-70 youth throughout the county are participating in similar programs.

Youth Center Inc.'s summer youth employment program offers 10 young people ages 16 to 21 a work-readiness training, as well as a 100-hour paid work experience for youth from Adams, Cheshire and Savoy.

Goals for the program are to get youth into summer jobs so that they earn a paycheck, develop work readiness skills, learn about the world of work, and develop effective work habits and behaviors.

The work-readiness training consists of subjects such as job search, financial literacy, work ethic and customer service, as well as business-specific preparation for employment in the food and beverage service industry. The training will be held July 6 to 10.

This program is offered specifically to young people that meet some of the following eligibility requirements: 16 to 21 years old; Adams, Cheshire or Savoy resident; income-eligible; eligible for special services; and meet MCAS criteria.

An information session will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, at the Adams Community Center, where the Youth Center is located. Registration is required. The Youth Center will accept reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis as there is limited space.

For more information, or to sign up for the information session, call Liz Baker, executive director, at (413) 743-3550.


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