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Help for teens, young adults seeking summer jobs

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By The Staff

Florida’s 24 regional workforce boards invite young adults, including those from Gadsden County, to apply for participation in a summer employment program funded by recovery funds under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The program will provide valuable work experience for young adults who meet United States Department of Labor eligibility requirements. The program will vary by local workforce board. Eligible individuals must meet federal low-income requirements. The various summer job training programs will have a positive impact on Florida's economy.

Each workforce board is also seeking employers with the capacity to serve as work experience host sites as well as opportunities for employees to volunteer as mentors and help with job shadowing and other volunteer activities that may be included in the summer jobs program. Businesses interested in participating in the program are encouraged to contact their regional workforce board.

The summer youth program is made available statewide through $43 million in federal stimulus dollars. Local workforce boards will use the dollars to fund the work experience activities for eligible participants. Wages and duration of job placements vary by local workforce board.

For details on each regional workforce board’s Summer Youth Program, please contact the workforce board in your area. For contact information, go online at www.workforceflorida.com/boards/index.htm.

At this time the following details are available:

Region 1 – Workforce Escarosa (Escambia, Santa Rosa)

The Workforce Escarosa program will provide work experience for up to 350 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting June 2009. Participants will earn $7.25 per hour for up to 40 hours a week for a maximum of 12 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call (850) 607-8748 or e-mail Kathy Karshna at kkarshna@escarosa.org.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $1 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.workforceescarosa.com.

Region 2 – The Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton

The Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties program will provide work experience for 150 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting June 15. Participants will earn performance incentives of up to $550 for up to 24 hours a week for a maximum of 4 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should contact Mary Lou Reed at (850) 651-2315, ext. 212 or mlreed@jobsplus02.com.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $160,793 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.jobsplusonestop.com.

Region 3 – Chipola Regional Workforce Planning Board (Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Washington)

The Chipola Regional Workforce Planning Board program will provide work experience for at least 170 young adults in local jobs starting in June. Participants may earn up to $200 per week plus an end-of-program bonus of up to $100 for a four-day work week of seven hours per day. The program lasts a minimum of four weeks. The summer work experience program is available to eligible young people ages 14 to 18. An on-the-job training program will be available to eligible young adults ages 18 to 24.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call Brenda Helms at (850) 718-0326 or email brendah2@onestopahead.com.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $350,000 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.onestopahead.com.

Region 4 – Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board (Bay, Franklin, Gulf)

The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board program will provide work experience for 260 to 300 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting May 18. Positions for younger participants have already been filled. Applications are still being accepted for participants aged 18 to 24 who can earn a $125 weekly incentive payment upon satisfactory completion of the program, in addition to potential income depending on job assignment.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call Jill Sechez at (850) 913-3285 or e-mail jsechez@gcwb.org.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $541,000 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.gcwb.org.

Region 5 - Workforce Plus (Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla)

The Workforce Plus program, Summer Connect, will provide work experience for an estimated 500 young adults ages 16 to 24 in local jobs starting June 15. Participants will earn $7.25 per hour for up to 32 a week for a maximum of 8 weeks.

Businesses interested in participating should call (850) 414-6085, e-mail wfp@wfpplus.org or visit www.wfplus.org/reinvestlocal. Interested job seekers should call (866) WFP-JOB1, e-mail wfp@wfplus.org or visit www.wfplus.org/reinvestlocal.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute nearly $1 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.wfplus.org.

Region 6 – North Florida Workforce Development Board (Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor)

The North Florida Workforce Development Board program will provide work experience for 75 young adults ages 16 to 21 in local jobs starting June 8. Participants will earn up to $7.25 per hour for 32 hours a week for at least 11 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call (850) 973-WORK or (866) 367-4758 or e-mail brinsons@nfwdb.org.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $331,458 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.nfwdb.org

Region 7 - Florida Crown Workforce Board (Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Union)

The Florida Crown Workforce Board program will provide work experience for 75 to 80 young adults ages 17 to 24 in local jobs starting June 1, 2009. Participants will earn $7.25 per hour for up to 30 hours a week for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should contact Denise Paschal at (386) 755-9026 ext. 3207 or cdpaschal@flcrown.org.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $225,000 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.floridacrown.org.

Region 8 – WorkSource (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns)

The WorkSource program will provide work experience for 1,200 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting June 29. Participants will earn $7.25 per hour for up to 20 a week for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call (904) 356-JOBS (5627).

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $2.3 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.worksourcefl.com.

Region 9 – Alachua/Bradford FloridaWorks

The FloridaWorks program will provide work experience for 500 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting June 15. After completing training, participants will earn $7.50 per hour for up to 100 hours between June 15 and August 8.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call (352) 244-5118 or e-mail swhiddon@floridaworksonline.com.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $1.3 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.floridaworksonline.com.

Region 10 – Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board

The Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board program will provide work experience for 450 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting in June. Applications must be received by May 29. Participants will receive a training allowance for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call (352) 873-7939, ext. 4444 or e-mail youth@clmworkforce.com.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $918,000 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.clmworkforce.com.

Region 11 - Center for Business Excellence (Flagler, Volusia)

The Center for Business Excellence’s program will provide work experience for 360 to 400 young adults ages 16 to 24 starting in June 2009. Participants will earn wages and/or stipends depending upon the program and location of the work experience.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call (386) 323-7082 or email summerprogram@cbe-fvc.org.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $875,900 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.onestops.com.

Region 12 - Workforce Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Sumter counties)

Workforce Central Florida’s program will provide work experience for 1,200 young adults ages 16 to 24 in local jobs starting June 22, 2009. Participants will earn $8 per hour for up to 35 hours a week for a maximum of 24 weeks.

Targeted businesses include government agencies, nonprofits and private industry employers in healthcare, green, emerging and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call the Summer Job Connection Hotline at (407) 531-1286.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $3 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.workforcecentralflorida.com/summerwork.

Region 13 – Brevard Workforce Development Board

The Brevard Workforce Development Board program will provide work experience for 200 young adults ages 18 to 24 in local jobs starting June 1 and August 1. Participants will earn $7.25 per hour for up to 30 hours a week for a maximum of 8 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call (321) 394-0578 or e-mail jcalkins@job-link.net.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $847,600 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.brevardjoblink.org.

Region 14 – WorkNet Pinellas

The WorkNet Pinellas program will provide work experience for 650 young adults in local jobs. Starting and ending dates vary. Participants can earn up to $600 a week for a maximum.

Businesses interested in participating should e-mail Robyn Poppick at rpoppick@worknetpinellas.org.

For more information, visit www.worknetpinellas.org.

Region 15 – Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance (Hillsborough)

The Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance program will provide work experience for 760 young adults starting June 15 through August 13. Participants will earn $145 per week or receive wages based on placement at an on-the-job training work site. There are two tracks: 17- to 19-year-olds - 20 hours per week, for a total of four weeks; and 20- to 24-year-olds - 40 hours per week, average 12 weeks.

Businesses interested in participating should call (813) 930-7570. Interested job seekers should call (813) 930-7821 or e-mail andersonv@workforcetampa.com.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $1.4 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.workforcetampa.com and click on “featured event.”

Region 16 - Pasco Hernando Workforce Board

The Pasco Hernando Workforce Board’s program will provide work experience for approximately 400 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting June 15, 2009. Participants will earn $7.25 per hour for up to 25 hours a week for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should contact Jan Scaglione at (352) 238-3177 or jscaglione@CareerCentral.jobs.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $800,000 to the local economy. For more information and to access an application, visit www.careercentral.jobs.

Region 17 – Polk County Workforce Development Board

The Polk County Workforce Development Board program will provide work experience for 300 young adults ages 16 to 24 in local jobs that will begin with a Youth Workforce Summit in mid-May, followed by a work experience program in mid-June. Participants will earn $8 per hour for up to 30 hours a week for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call Sheila Stewart-Lucas at (863) 508-1600, ext. 119.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $1.2 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.polkworks.org.

Region 18 – Suncoast Workforce Board (Manatee, Sarasota)

The Suncoast Workforce Board program will provide work experience for 400 young adults ages 16 to 21 in local jobs starting June 15. Participants will earn a training incentive equivalent to $7.25 per hour for up to 20 hours a week for a maximum of 5 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call Jennifer Seavey, Youth Program Manager at (941) 358-4200, ext. 3102 or e-mail JSeavey@swdb.org.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $700,000 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.swdb.org.

Region 19 – Heartland Workforce (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands)

The Heartland Workforce program will provide work experience for 200 to 300 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting June1. Participants will earn either $7.25 per hour or weekly stipends, depending on the work assignment, for up to 30 hours a week for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call Laura Griffin, Special Projects Coordinator, at (863) 385-3672, ext. 292 or e-mail lgriffin@heartland-workforce.org.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $500,000 to the local economy. For more information, visit www.heartland-workforce.org.

Region 20 – Workforce Solutions (Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie)

The Workforce Solutions program will provide work experience for 500 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting June 1. Participants will earn $8 per hour for up to 32 hours a week for a maximum of 10 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call program coordinator Diana Rew at (772) 335-3030, ext. 408.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $1.3 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.tcjobs.org.

Region 21 – Workforce Alliance (Palm Beach)

The Workforce Alliance program will provide work experience for 1000 young adults ages 18 to 24 in local jobs starting June 15. Participants will earn $7.25 per hour for up to 30 hours a week for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call (866) 841-0225 or e-mail syetp@pbcalliance.com.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $3 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.pbcalliance.com.

Region 22 – WorkForce One (Broward)

The WorkForce One Summer Youth Employment Program will provide work experience for 900 young adults ages 19 to 24 in local jobs starting June 15, 2009. Participants will earn $9 per hour for up to 30 hours a week for a maximum of 8 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call Ricardo Shaw at (954) 535-2300, x3069 or e-mail rshaw@wf1broward.com.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute $2.3 million to the local economy. For more information, visit http://syep.wf1broward.com.

Region 23 - South Florida Workforce Board (Miami-Dade, Monroe)

The South Florida Workforce Board’s program will provide work experience for 3,500 to 4,000 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs which were set to begin May 1. Participants aged 14-17 will earn $8 per hour and participants aged 18-24 will earn $10 per hour for up to 35 hours a week for a maximum of 10 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should contact Myria Morgan at (305) 594-7615 ext. 292 memorgan@southfloridaworkforce.com.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $7.2 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.southfloridaworkforce.com.

Region 24 – Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee)

The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board program will provide work experience for 850 young adults ages 14 to 24 in local jobs starting June 15. Participants will earn up to $9 per hour for up to 35 a week for a maximum of 8 weeks.

Businesses and job seekers interested in participating should call Carmen Woywod at (239) 225-2500 or e-mail cwoywod@sfwdb.org.

This program, funded by federal stimulus dollars, will help distribute an estimated $1.9 million to the local economy. For more information, visit www.careerandservicecenter.org.

For additional details and contact information for the regional workforce boards, please visit http://www.workforceflorida.com/boards/index.htm. To learn more about the workforce services and resources available in Florida, visit EmployFlorida.com.