Mayor Taveras Highlights Successes of Summer Jobs Program
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Mayor Taveras Highlights Successes of Summer Jobs Program

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Six hundred fifty Providence youth employed this summer through programs administered by Providence Department of Parks and Recreation and Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston.

Mayor Angel Taveras visited the South Side Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club this afternoon to highlight the success of the city's summer jobs program. Through the Mayor's office, 650 Providence youth are employed this summer at sites throughout the city.

"It is important for teenagers to stay actively engaged and build on their job skills over the summer," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "Summer jobs give young people the training and workforce experience they need to find employment while they are in school and beyond."

The summer jobs program is administered by Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston and the Providence Department of Parks & Recreation, and funded by City of Providence, the Governor's Workforce Board Job Development Fund and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) through the Department of Human Services. More than two hundred young people are directly employed this summer as seasonal employees of the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence has 133 youth working in the South Side Clubhouse and the Fox Point Clubhouse. At the two locations, teens are working to support staff in delivering structured programs, activities and athletics as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs' summer camp. This work includes building a solar-powered irrigation system and greenhouse, working with young children to aid in the delivery of technology center activities and learning opportunities with the computer lab, and participating in financial literacy classes.

"The youth we work with are extremely focused and motivated to expand their horizons and accomplish the goals they've set for their futures," said Nicole Dufresne, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence. "By having an opportunity to participate in this program and have that first job, they're getting the experience that will help set them apart as they begin their careers and continue through life."

Providence youth are employed this summer at numerous local organizations, including:

  • AS220
  • Comprehensive Community Action Program
  • Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island
  • Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence
  • New England Laborer's Academy/Cranston Public Schools
  • The MET School
  • Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan
  • Rhode Island Parent Information Network
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence
  • Tri-Town Community Action
  • Young Voices

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