Jersey City accepting applications for Youth Summer Jobs Program

Applications are now being accepted for Jersey City’s Youth Summer Jobs Program, Mayor Steve Fulop, members of the City Council and the Department of Recreation and Youth Development announced.

The grassroots program provides Jersey City residents ages 15 to 24 with meaningful employment each summer to help make a positive contribution to their community and learn work and life skills.

“Since the founding of Youth Works in 2014, we have provided hands-on work experience and enrichment opportunities to more than 3,000 of our most impressionable residents, our youth,” Fulop said. “This program is essential not only to empower a young workforce, but also to the thousands of children they help mentor and influence in a fun outdoor environment away from computer screens.”

In 2022, more than 500 young Jersey City residents will be hired for part-time positions in city departments and agencies. While Youth Works primarily serves as a place to provide valuable work experience, it also promotes the development of valuable leadership skills while earning an income.

“Working for Jersey City Recreation put me at the intersection of civic engagement and communication,” said Youth Works 2021 lifeguard Johvanny Rodriguez. our strong communities by influencing participation.”

For Neckolette Nedwell, her Youth Works experience as a camp counselor in 2021 led to employment with another city project and eventually with Carlo’s Bakery, who hired her based on her experience and commitment.

“Working in the recreation department last summer was a truly amazing experience,” Nedwell said. “It was the best feeling to see the kids having so much fun, especially after they were inside for so long. … It really enhances my summer when I can help the kids have fun and make new friends along the way.

Youth Works includes working with programs like basketball, drumming, soccer, and skateboarding at dozens of public parks, gymnasiums, pools, and playgrounds in Jersey City.

“For 2021, we had historic numbers for engagement, enrichment and sports activity across the city,” said Lucinda McLaughlin, director of the Department of Recreation and Youth Development. “We expect this summer to have a historic engagement after two years of COVID restrictions. We are therefore delighted to hire high quality workers for the approximately 500 positions. »

This year’s summer programming will focus on the city’s three public pools, five summer camps and various gymnasiums for evening sports programming, officials said. Anyone interested in seeking employment with Youth Works this summer can apply online through March 6, 2022. All applicants must be residents of Jersey City.

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