NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 20 teens will be given jobs this summer in western Massachusetts thanks to the Northampton YouthWorks Program.
The program will put 22 Northampton youth, ages 14 to 21, to work in private or public sector employment during the summer months, in jobs 6 to 8 weeks in length and earn $11 an hour. Those 22 teens must also be from low-income households.
Mayor Narkewicz said, “It’s a great opportunity for young people to get some employment experience and earn some money and it’s a great way for us to partner with local businesses to make that happen.”
A number of different area businesses, organizations, and government agencies will participate. Last year, teens worked at Casa Latina, Cancer Connection, All Out Adventure, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department, Northampton Schools, and the YMCA.
Mayor Narkewicz told 22News the state dedicated almost $10-million towards funding these types of programs.