Applications for YouthWorks summer employment are still open

WESTFIELD – Applications for the YouthWorks summer employment program are still open, and income-eligible youth between the ages of 14 to 21 who are not currently employed are encouraged to submit an application.

Participants take part in paid short-term work placements at public, private and nonprofit worksites, while receiving training in soft core skills and learning how to relate to supervisors and co-workers at their worksites.
Westfield High School Adjustment Counselor Joseph Fiore is the YouthWorks coordinator for the summer project, which is grant-funded, and youth earn the minimum wage of $13.50 an hour. Participating youth must have a family income for the most recent six-month period that does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level. For youth who are still enrolled in school, the program can accept evidence of eligibility for free lunch or reduced lunch under the federal program, which is capped at 185% of poverty level.

Anyone interested in applying may fill out the online application at  Applications are also available through a direct link in Google Classroom accounts.

If selected for an interview, youth will be asked to provide the following documents: social security card and proof of household income, which may be from school free/reduced lunch status. Other documentation may be requested based on grant funding.

Consultant Sherry Elander, transitions specialist for WPS, said there is more flexibility in the program than before, with opportunities for online work. She encouraged interested youth to apply as soon as possible.

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