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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > May 2010 > Final Push For Summer Youth Employment Program Opportunities

Final Push For Summer Youth Employment Program Opportunities

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
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MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES FINAL PUSH FOR SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES AND REQUESTS CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES
Cites Continuing Success of Program in Helping City Youth Acquire Workplace Skills

Mayor Byron W. Brown today called upon city businesses to join him in his goal of providing employment opportunities this summer to youth in the City of Buffalo.

“We are currently in partnership with private sector companies that have already hired Buffalo teens for the summer,” said Mayor Brown.  “Through this effort, we are working to strengthen Buffalo by properly preparing our youth for current and future employment opportunities. This program helps achieve that outcome by first providing them with basic workplace skills and then assisting them in obtaining summer employment that provides opportunities to learn and grow.”

In 2006, the Brown administration worked diligently to increase the number of youth employed for the summer. As a result, more than 500 additional jobs were provided, employing 1,774 City of Buffalo youth.  Since then the program has continued to grow dramatically.

“Last year (2009) with the help of several private sector businesses, not for profit organizations, faith based institutions and residents throughout Western New York, we were able to provide a quality summer job experience to 3,628 youth in the City of Buffalo” said Mayor Brown.

“Despite all of the fiscal challenges we’re facing – at every level of government – my recently announced recommended city budget for 2010-11contains approximately $1 million for our summer youth employment program,” said Mayor Brown. “I believe, now more than ever, that we have to do everything we can to help prepare our youth for future employment opportunities.”

Private sector businesses can participate in the Mayor’s Summer Employment Program by hiring youth who have submitted applications with Mayor’s Program. Those businesses that hire city youth may also be eligible for tax credits. If a business or any individual would like to sponsor a youth for the summer employment opportunity, they may do so through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance Buffalo. Not-for-profit and faith-based organizations can also participate by providing a structured and supervised work environment for the summer and, through sponsorship and donations, the City of Buffalo will subsidize the wages of youth employed in these areas.

Young people between the ages of 14-21 will be employed for 6 weeks in the summer with the majority working from July 6th – August 13th. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive training in the following areas: job readiness, life skills and financial literacy.  The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the Program. College Students are encouraged to apply as the demand is great for college age interns.

Youth interested in applying for Summer Jobs can download an application at www.city-buffalo.com or pick one up at Buffalo City Hall in room 1701. All Mayor’s Summer Youth Applications must be returned by Friday, May 28, 2010.

To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident between the ages of 14 and 21 and you must turn age 14 by May 31, 2010.

In order to determine your eligibility for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program, the following items must be documented and returned with your completed application:

1. Working Papers for all youth under age 18

Ages 14-15 (Blue Card)
Ages 16-17 (Green Card)

2. Birth Certificate
3. Proof of Buffalo Residency (Utility Bills, Lease Agreement)
4. Family Income
5. Social Security Card
6. Attending School (Most recent School Report Card or Transcript)

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact us at (716) 851-5627. Remember, incomplete applications will not be accepted.