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7/12/2015 - TOMORROW: Mayor Finch Announces More Youth Summer Jobs for Kids in Bridgeport, Conn.

TOMORROW: Mayor Finch Announces More Youth Summer Jobs for Kids in Bridgeport, Conn.

“As a father of four kids, I know the importance of summer jobs for the youth of Bridgeport. These jobs will provide a structured environment for our youth to learn, grow, and stay safe this summer. Creating more summer jobs on top of the ones the city already provides is further proof that Bridgeport is getting better every day.” Mayor Bill Finch

  • WHO: Mayor Bill Finch, Joe Carbone of the Workplace, City Council Members, and City Officials.
  • WHAT: Announcement of additional summer jobs from the City of Bridgeport.
  • WHERE: Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, Conn.
  • WHEN: Monday, July 13, at 11:00 a.m.

Bridgeport, Conn. (July 12, 2015) – Tomorrow, Mayor Bill Finch will announce that he is adding nearly 100 more summer jobs for Bridgeport youth. Through the Mayor’s Conservation Corps, Lighthouse Programs, City Parks and Recreation Department and a partnership with the WorkPlace, Inc., this will bring the total number of summer jobs to over 750 for the summer of 2015.

“As a father of four kids, I know the importance of summer jobs for the youth of Bridgeport,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “These jobs will provide a structured environment for our youth to learn, grow, and stay safe this summer. Creating more summer jobs on top of the ones the city already provides is further proof that Bridgeport is getting better every day.”

According to a new study, teenagers with summer jobs gain a competitive advantage later in life. The study reveals that along with more references and heightened skills, kids with jobs progress to better-suited careers and are able to find a job more easily as adults.

On Monday, the Mayor’s Conservation Corps will begin its sixth season. The summer youth job program created by Mayor Finch in 2010 is a team of young adults who canvass Bridgeport neighborhoods speaking with residents about a number of issues, including: recycling, stormwater management via rain barrel use, tree planting, and offering the opportunity to sign up for home energy audits.

“Young people in the Mayor’s Conservation Corps will be trained in valuable green job skills that help protect our community and preserve the earth,” Murphy said. “We’re giving a young people real world perspective while shaping their skills to ensure that we have a stronger workforce and community in place tomorrow.”

The city’s partnership with the WorkPlace, Inc., adds a number of local businesses to the roster for job opportunities. The organization, established as a Regional Workforce Development Board in 1992, works to prepare people for careers and strengthen the workforce of the state.

“For every young person, a good paying job at a young age can be an important step in their journey toward adulthood and self-reliance,” said The WorkPlace President and CEO Joseph Carbone. “The WorkPlace commends Mayor Finch and the city for its support and leadership in facilitating the growth of youth employment opportunities.”

Jobs in customer service, marketing, landscaping, as camp counselors or even a police assistant were among those available to youth. Kids ages 14-21 will be selected for the new 100 jobs from an application waiting list by random lottery.