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Rhode Island Summer Jobs

Posted on April 6, 2009

Several Rhode Island summer jobs for disadvantaged youths will be created thanks to federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Gov. Donald L. Carcieri recently announced that the State of Rhode Island will use $4 million in federal funds to create 2,000 summer jobs. According to an article by The Providence Journal, the money will come from the $17.2 million the state is receiving from the federal government for workforce training and employment services.

“This is a big, big boost for us right now in a period when we can really use it,” Carcieri said in the article.

The summer jobs are expected to begin as early as late May and could last anywhere from six to 18 weeks. Workers can expect to earn minimum wage or a stipend of $100 per week.

Those eligible must be between the ages of 14 and 24 and meet low-income requirements. This means income for a family of four can be no higher than $26,209. Youths also must have a barrier to employment, meaning problems with basic literacy or being a school dropout, for example. Youths can apply at one of the state’s 13 youth centers.

The funds will be distributed through two state workforce boards, the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island and Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston. The organizations will post requests for proposals from community organizations, companies, educational institutions and public agencies on their Web sites. Proposals are due by April 20.
Proposals can involve internships, job shadowing or community service. Participants also will be expected to meet other workplace standards and receive training in job-seeking skills.

Rhode Island’s stimulus package includes a total of $5.6 million for youth workforce training and employment, which leaves another $1.6 million after the $4 million for summer jobs. The package also includes $7.9 million to expand existing programs to help laid-off workers with job training; $2.1 million to target the longterm unemployed and $1.5 million to provide career services to residents who don’t fit into other categories.

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