County seeks firms to hire youths for summer jobs

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The Allegheny County Department of Human Services is seeking proposals from contractors interested in hiring low-income youth through the county's Summer Youth Employment Program.

The program, which targets disadvantaged people ages 14 to 24, was designed to create job opportunities for those who live in the county but outside the city of Pittsburgh limits. Last year, the county hired 600 young people with the aid of a $1.87 million grant through the federal Workforce Investment Act, said County Executive Dan Onorato.

"The program provided the participants with good-paying summer jobs, while also teaching them valuable skills to help prepare them to enter the workforce. It was a positive experience for both the youth and the county. We are seeking proposals for this summer in anticipation of continued funding for 2010," said Mr. Onorato.

Companies with job-creating proposals are encouraged to submit them to the county's Department of Human Services by March 15.

The 2009 Summer Youth Employment Program operated from April 1 through Sept. 30 and was designed to reach those who were most in need, including youth in low-income communities or those who may have been homeless, disabled, adjudicated, or out of school. Foster care youth and alumni were given special consideration.

Information about the request for proposals is available on the Department of Human Services Web site.

Karamagi Rujumba: or 412-263-1719.


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