Summer job program for teens in Northampton

22 teenagers from low-income households will earn $11 an hour

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.

The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, the Franklin Hampshire Career Center, the Community Action Youth Programs, and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz are hosting the program.

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.

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