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Hawaii rolls out youth employment program


Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona has announced more than 1,000 jobs that pay $8 or more per hour are available immediately for young people, ages 14 through 23, from low-income families through the new 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program.

“This is about providing our young people with an opportunity to develop skills, attitudes and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s workplaces,” Aiona said. “We are excited about this opportunity for our young people to earn wages, gain meaningful work experience and be exposed to great careers.”

The Summer Youth Employment Program provides summer jobs for young people who meet at least one of the following criteria:

* Attending a Title I school designated with a high percentage of students from low-income families
* Receiving free or reduced-price lunches
* In a household receiving public cash assistance
* In a household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamp benefits
* In a household with a gross annual income at or below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona, DLIR and the State Department of Human Services (DHS) are partnering on this project. DHS is financing the program using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal stimulus funds.

The summer jobs are offered at federal, state and county government offices and at non-profit organizations statewide.

Specifically, a minimum of $3 million in TANF funds will go to the program, with funding for Neighbor Islands totaling $1.8 million. Additional federal funds are available if enrollment in the program is larger than expected.

Aiona has traveled to the Big Island, Maui and Molokai to discuss the program with Workforce Development officials, and is scheduled to visit Kona 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 26. Location: Workforce Development Division Office, 74-5565 Luhia St., Bldg. C, Bay 4.

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