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    (1/2/2012) NEW HAVEN- While summer may still be many months away, another successful season of Youth@Work is on the horizon as 2012 applications become available today online and at City Hall.

    Youth@Work provides low-to-moderate income youth ages 14-21 with paid year-round and summer employment opportunities and workplace exposure. The program is open to New Haven residents and New Haven Public School students. In summer 2011, 667 youth workers were placed at 82 public and private sector worksites throughout New Haven. The school-year program is currently underway serving 80 students at 47 sites.

    Applications are due April 5.

    "Together businesses, the City, and community can make a difference in the lives of New Haven Youth.,” said Youth Director Caprice Taylor-Mendez.

    Youth@Work is jointly funded by the City of New Haven and the State of Connecticut. In 2011, the State contributed $288,013.89 to the program; the City budgeted $293,327.13. State funds help service the New Haven Public School students who live outside the city. Less than 9 percent of Youth@Work participants live outside the city.

    “Youth@Work provides students with more than a paycheck. The program provides students with important job-readiness skills, and connects youth with adult mentors and role models. Since 2005, Youth@Work has provided thousands of New Haven students with life-changing workplace experiences, and I am proud to see this important program continue in 2012,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

    Youth@Work is also seeking new partnerships with employers interested in offering summer opportunities for pre-screened youth.


    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: (203) 946-7660

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