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    August 2009

    Economic Transformation

    Summer Youth Employment Links with NC State and UNC Pembroke

    North Carolina State University

    NC State University has played a key role in a program that is bringing summer jobs to more than six hundred young people from Wake and Johnston counties. 

    The Summer Youth Employment Program was created this spring as part of the national stimulus package to give economic benefits, and valuable work experience, to economically disadvantaged youth age 16-24. The Capital Area Workforce Board moved quickly to find places willing to host and supervise young workers.

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    University of North Carolina at Pembroke

    In a tight job market, summer jobs for teens are scarce, so UNCP’s Regional Center sought funding to provide teens jobs for the summer. An eight-week Summer Youth Employment Program at UNC Pembroke is helping to fill the gap by providing employment for 140 local youth. The University received a grant through the Lumber River Council of Governments for $411,796 funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    The teens, ages 14 – 18, spent the week of June 22 – 26, in career development courses at the Regional Center, choosing from programs in health, science, biotechnology, entrepreneurship and information technology. Then, they were placed with employers for paid internships across Robeson County, working 35 hours/week at $7.25/hour for eight weeks. 

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