Hundreds of students participated in the Suffolk County Summer Youth Employment Program. This program provides young people from economically disadvantaged families with the tools and experience they need to succeed in her future career path.
For many people, having a job this summer wasn’t just about making money.
“I think this program is a good way to start working and get into the habit of getting up at the right time,” says 17-year-old Jose Cruz.
Those who participated in the program have worked in a variety of jobs throughout the county, including offices, schools, farms, and community-based organizations, and developed interpersonal and technical skills.
Students were paid $15 per hour from the grant.
Cruz says the money helps her family make ends meet.
“We’re getting to the point where my whole family works and contributes to the bill,” Cruz says.
Employment program students are also given the opportunity to apply for other jobs if they decide to work first after graduation.
On August 17th, Suffolk County will host a Youth Career Fair to give young workers the opportunity to use the experiences they gain from the program to find a career.