Peduto appoints task force to revamp Pittsburgh's summer jobs program

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Two members of Mayor Bill Peduto’s cabinet will co-chair a task force to plan an overhaul of the city’s summer youth employment program, which affords hundreds of city teens jobs during the summer months.

Debbie Lestitian, the chief administrative officer, and Curtiss Porter, the chief of education and neighborhood initiatives, will co-chair the task force, which is charged with planning the expansion of the program. Their recommendations will be published in the spring.

About 1,000 teens apply for the program but with $800,000 in funding, the city can only afford to employ about 400 of them. The program pays their salary and places the teens in city departments and community organizations.

The other members of the task force are:

• Jim Denova, President, Benedum Foundation

• Andrew Butcher, CEO, GTECH

• Fred Redmond, International Vice President, United Steelworkers Union

• Linda Lane, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools

• City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith

• City Councilman Ricky Burgess

• Stefani Pashman, chief executive officer, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

• Saleem Ghubril, executive eirector, Pittsburgh Promise

• Laura Fisher, senior vice president for special Ppojects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

• John Lydon, Executive Director, Auberle

Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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