July 27

Summer Jobs and Internships Thanks To Federal Funding



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Internships and summer jobs are being made available through federal stimulus funds to low-income teens and young adults ranging in age from 14 to 24 in many cities around the country. Although summer jobs prospects are currently bleak for youths and debate continues in Congress as to whether additional federal funds should be poured into summer jobs, there are still enough funds available to make a difference in the lives of many by providing entry level employment opportunities and work experiences.

Last summer I participated in an at-risk youth program via the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. We spent time with the kids and young adults reviewing their resumes and coaching them on interviewing. Hearing their stories firsthand taught me how these programs and work experiences instill hope and confidence in a group of people who need it. They get the opportunity to walk away with real life experiences and the work habits necessary to kick off their careers and to function in the labor market throughout their lives. Alma Salazar, the Chamber’s vice president of education and workforce development recently told the Beverly Press that “young adults with early positive work experiences are more likely to stay in school and continue to work.”

Have you ever taken part in a government-sponsored entry-level employment program? Please share your experience below.

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  1. I wasn’t aware that programs like this existed. It’s encouraging that the government is investing in the future this way. A good entry-level job or internship can go a long way to building confidence and valuable experience.

  2. So true Sammy12. There is much debate as to what extent (if any) these programs will be continued in 2011 due to budget constraints. We’ll see what happens. Thanks for the comment!

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