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  • Application deadline extended for Summer Youth Program

    Mar 07, 2018 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Summer Youth Employment Program has extended the deadline to accept applications from youth age 14-21 who want to work this summer or catch up on school credits. The new deadline is Friday, March 16.

    Pima County partners with several local agencies to offer the placements to students. The two sessions the county offers are June 4 -June 28 and July 2-July 28. Note that not all ages may be eligible for every summer program included within the application process. Youth must be age 14 to 21 by June 1, 2018.

    Youth can apply online at www.pima.gov/summeryouth or pick up an application form at a local high school, community center or library. Applicants also may call 724-9639 for more information. The program is sponsored by Pima County’s Community Services, Employment and Training Department and ARIZONA@WORK-Pima County.

    Deadline to submit a report card and take the assessment is March 23. 
    Intern Dante Howard
    Depending on funding levels, between 1,100 and 1,500 young people in Pima County can gain valuable experience while working for Pima County, the City of Tucson, the University of Arizona and dozens of participating local businesses. The pay is the Arizona minimum wage of $10.50/hour.

    The jobs they perform vary widely, from outdoor labor to clerical to retail. Virtually all industries are represented, including public, private, non-profit and for-profit organizations.

    Jobs with the Department of Transportation or Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department involve outside manual labor. Applicants for the positions will be placed in a special pool of applicants, which may increase the chances of being selected for a summer job.

    The Summer Youth Programs also include basic education, in which young people can earn elective high school credits through learning in math, reading and writing. Work hours range from 20 to 40 hours per week. Placements range from four to seven weeks depending on the specific work or education program.

    Positions are limited. The county received 3,958 applications last year, said Daphanie Conner, program manager.  Program participants are selected based on their applications, grades, assessment scores and work interests as well as available funding, applicant program selections, geographic area, employer/worksite requirements.

    Participants attend a one-day “employability skills” workshop, where they learn about good work habits and employer expectations, before they go to work. 

    For more information, call the Pima County Summer Youth Programs Hotline at 520-724-9639.