Mayor Taveras Highlights Successful 2014 Summer Jobs Program

Mayor Taveras Highlights Successful 2014 Summer Jobs Program

Six hundred fifty Providence youth gain meaningful work experience in Providence

– Mayor Angel Taveras visited Inspiring Minds Thursday morning to highlight the work that 650 Providence youth are doing throughout the community this summer as employees in the City’s summer jobs program.

“The summer jobs program helps teenagers and young adults develop jobs skills and stay engaged in the community all summer long,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Summer jobs give young people valuable work experience that will help them be more marketable to employers and stay on a path to success.”

The summer jobs program is administered by Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston and the Providence Department of Parks + Recreation, and funded by City of Providence, the Governor's Workforce Board Job Development Fund and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.

More than 200 young people are directly employed this summer as seasonal employees of the Providence Department of Parks + Recreation as recreation aides, lifeguards and attendants of the summer lunch program. In addition to city parks and recreation centers, Providence youth are employed at organizations across the City including AS220, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island, the Institute for the Study & Practice of Non-Violence, Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan, Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Young Voices, and Youth in Action.

This morning’s announcement took place at Inspiring Minds, a Providence nonprofit dedicated to helping students succeed in school. Youth employed by the summer jobs program at Inspiring Minds will spend the summer providing support in pre-kindergarten classrooms.

Workforce Solutions has placed 10 youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs’ summer youth employment program in the Inspiring Minds’ Kids Bridge program this summer. Summer employees of the innovative Kids Bridge program will spend the summer assisting certified teachers to help more than 170 children from five public schools develop the skills they need to excel in kindergarten.

“Youth involved in the summer jobs program gain valuable work experience and are making a real impact in their neighborhoods at the same time,” said Terri Adelman, Executive Director of Inspiring Minds. “Inspiring Minds’ Kids Bridge program leverages public workforce development funds to provide training and a positive work experience for teenagers, while helping Providence children make a smooth transition to kindergarten.”

New features of Workforce Solutions’ summer jobs program this year include training in job safety and workers’ rights by the Institute for Labor Studies & Research. Providence is one of five cities partnering with the U.S. Consumer Finance Protection Bureau to pilot a financial literacy training program specifically targeted to young people.