Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gov. pledges $6M in youth summer jobs funding

    Here I go again.  I am brought back to the old days when private industry hired a young man or women for summer employment.  There was a time when no money from you or from me or from your neighbor was needed or expected to finance anyone's summer job.  All that was needed was an employer who then would hire, and at the same time train, a young person at a wage worthy of the project or job needed to be completed.  Today with less industry and controls on what the wage base is, we have put the hiring and pay schedule in the hands of the government.  I know, there are no more back smiths to speak of.  I also know that newer is not necessarily better.

Governor Deval Patrick has announced $6 million in total funding that will pay for approximately 3,000 jobs for at-risk youth in Massachusetts this summer.
The funds are a mix of $4 million in YouthWorks funding administered by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Commonwealth Corporation; and $2 million in federal grant funding.
“These jobs are essential to providing our Commonwealth’s at-risk youth with a better opportunity for a brighter future, while reducing youth violence across the Commonwealth,” said Patrick, in a news release. “I look forward to working with our partners to ensure that YouthWorks remains fully funded this summer, so we can continue our commitment to the next generation.”

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