Teen summer jobs program kicks off in Chicopee

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – An exciting day in Chicopee; the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County launched their 2014 summer jobs campaign in the city.

In the coming weeks thousands of young people will be in need of summer jobs. Unfortunately there are just less and less opportunities for youth employment.

Dozens of people went to the Chicopee Public Library Friday to support this new program. It’s designed to work with local businesses and organizations to help teens find jobs in the community.

One person who was actually in the program last year says it’s very helpful.

Erin Benoit of Westfield told 22News, “It’s extremely hard to find jobs. When I first graduated high school it took me over a year to find my own job. I couldn’t afford college and I had to get a job. It took me over a year because I had no job experience. I find it to be one of the best programs that we have.”

And one of the most popular: last year, 4,000 teens applied for 600 available positions. So the program is very competitive.

This year the program’s leaders say the goal is place 1,000 teens with local jobs.

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