Boulder City Magazine® August 2010 Issue
by Roger Tobler
Boulder City Mayor
Summer Youth Program
For the second year, the City of Boulder City is participating in the Summer Youth Program. This program provides paid work experience to youth and is fully funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The program has been very beneficial not only to the youth participating, but also to the City. Grants and partnerships with other agencies provide opportunities to maintain customer service during difficult economic times.
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|The City currently has 35 positions that are fully funded through this program. The positions are in various departments throughout the City and include office assistants, summer parks aides, custodial aides, landscape maintenance workers, and media interns.
The teenage employment rate has been steadily declining for the past several years. The economic slowdown is one reason for this decline. Many lower-paying jobs in the service industries are hiring adult employees, including out-of-work professionals, seniors returning to work, and recent college graduates. This trend has had a detrimental effect on the ability of teenagers to obtain a job and affects their ability to compete and succeed in the labor market.
In addition to the benefits provided to the City, the program offers an opportunity for our local youths. Research has shown that teens from all income brackets have increased wages and job stability if they have early work experience. Strong teen employment also correlates to less involvement in the criminal justice system, and teen employment can be tied to increased high school graduation rates for economically disadvantaged kids. These are benefits that have a positive effect on an entire community.This program has been very successful. The students have helped departments complete very important projects that increase efficiencies and improve how we serve our residents. It has also allowed the Parks and Recreation Department to continue its Summer Parks Program for children without increasing fees and without impacting the General Fund budget. A few of the youths from last summer continued in unsubsidized employment beyond the program. Participating youths are able to acquire good work habits, develop work-readiness skills, and obtain references for future employment.
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