FitzGerald Introduces Legislation for 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program

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Annual program will employ thousands of young people in jobs across Cuyahoga County

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and the Division of Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (CJFS) have introduced legislation to establish and fund the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program to help enhance the employment skills of young people, ages 14-18, by providing them with a high-quality, paid summer work experience.

“The Summer Youth Employment Program has been a resounding success for the young people of Cuyahoga County," said FitzGerald. “Alongside our community partner, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, we are registering thousands of young people and developing hundreds of worksites.”

In 2013, Youth Opportunities Unlimited registered more than 12,000 TANF-eligible youth throughout the county. In total, 2,676 youth were placed with 150 employers offering 480 different worksites. Together, program participants earned approximately $3 million in wages over the course of the summer, most of which was directly deposited into savings accounts for the youth.

Participants receive job readiness training during a mandatory orientation which provided them with basic workplace knowledge and soft skills. In addition, youth were required to attend employability skills workshops which included financial education and offered free savings accounts for each participant through Huntington Bank.

Young people interested in participating in the summer youth employment program can apply online at The final selection of youth applicants eligible to participate is based upon a random selection of youth meeting family income guidelines. The application portal will be open from April 15 until May 9, 2014.