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Governor Cuomo Announces That More Than 18,000 Teens Will Be Employed by Summer Jobs Program

Governor's NY Youth Works Initiative Provides $25 Million for Job Training and Summer Employment Programs for Underserved Youth

May 10, 2012 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the NY Youth Works Summer Employment Program will enable more than 18,000 teens to be employed across the state this summer.

The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will distribute $25 million among all 57 counties and New York City to help bring underserved youth into the labor market, acquire skills and expand their aspirations and career goals.

"By connecting young New Yorkers with good summer jobs, we are providing them with valuable experience and skills to help prepare them for future employment," Governor Cuomo said. "The NY Youth Works Summer Employment Program will help address the chronically high unemployment rate among underserved, young New Yorkers. By helping our young people gain the tools needed to succeed in the workplace, we will set them on a path to future success, while helping create new jobs across New York State."

The $25 million allocated this year represents a 61% increase from what was available for the 2011 summer program, during which 11,277 youth were employed. The additional funding will allow thousands of additional youth to participate in the program this summer.

Eligible youth must be between the ages 14 and 20 to qualify for the program. Participating families must be recipients of public assistance, or have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or $37,060 for a family of three.

Funds are used to subsidize the wages paid to eligible youth, to support education and training activities, counseling and employment related services, such as transportation to and from work or training. Youth interested in participating in the program should contact their local department of social services.

Local Employment Programs Funding
County Amount
Albany $367,017
Allegany $125,819
Broome $300,417
Cattaraugus $145,318
Cayuga $99,754
Chautauqua $227,836
Chemung $129,980
Chenango $79,974
Clinton $144,747
Columbia $49,234
Cortland $108,637
Delaware $69,468
Dutchess $257,320
Erie $1,085,753
Essex $47,672
Franklin $85,926
Fulton $80,650
Genesee $68,093
Greene $67,354
Hamilton $6,310
Herkimer $86,333
Jefferson $205,020
Lewis $48,246
Livingston $116,690
Madison $113,195
Monroe $876,577
Montgomery $68,962
Nassau $622,680
Niagara $266,707
New York City $13,532,390
Oneida $276,363
Onondaga $596,733
Ontario $100,166
Orange $356,393
Orleans $58,384
Oswego $231,814
Otsego $134,161
Putnam $30,983
Rensselaer $183,302
Rockland $218,145
St Lawrence $265,848
Saratoga $141,661
Schenectady $144,710
Schoharie $56,148
Schuyler $30,453
Seneca $51,305
Steuben $148,584
Suffolk $842,376
Sullivan $109,119
Tioga $58,977
Tompkins $331,842
Ulster $188,924
Warren $69,788
Washington $60,157
Wayne $93,818
Westchester $641,193
Wyoming $54,275
Yates $40,299

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