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Summer youth program boosts local economy

Sep 16, 2013 | Read More News
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The Pima County Summer Youth Program injects nearly $2 million into the local economy annually while building young people’s employment skills and experience. none

More than 1,450 young people participated in the program this summer, program manager Dana Katbah told the Pima County Workforce Investment Board at its monthly meeting on Friday.

While 30 participants attended Pima Vocational High School classes to improve their reading, math and language skills, the rest gained work experience in placements that included:

AGM Container Controls
American Eagle
Arizona Public Media
Arizona Sports Network
Ballistic Fabrication
Chapman Mercedes-Benz
City of Tucson
Food Conspiracy Co-op
Future Builders
G & J Development
Grand Cinemas
Hi-Tech Machining & Engineering
Home Goods
Horizon Moving Systems
Industrial Tool Die & Engineering
Mr. Electric
Offshore International
Patio Pools & Spas
Pima County Development Services; Forensic Science Center; Public Defender; Sheriff’s Department; Superior Court; Public Library
Reid Park Zoo
Road Machinery
Ronald McDonald House
Sargent Aerospace & Defense
Shaffer Dry Cleaning & Laundry
Southwest Gas
State Farm
Tres Amigos
Tucson Electrical JATC
Tucson Convention Center
Tucson Medical Center
University of Arizona
Vroom Engineering
Westin La Paloma Resort
Witwell’s Automotive

After attending an employability skills workshop, the youth worked an average of 35 hours/week for five weeks and were paid $7.80/hour from federal, state and County funds allocated by the Board of Supervisors.

They in turn spent their nearly $2 million in income at local businesses. But more youth could benefit and the economic boost could be greater if more private employers participated and could contribute to the young workers’ compensation. More than 4,500 young people applied to participate in the program this year.

“We really need more participation from the community,” said Deputy County Administrator Hank Atha.
Employers interested in hiring or placing even just one young person age 14 to 21 are encouraged to call (520) 798-0500 or email to choose from a list of qualified applicants.