A Pima County program that pairs young people with real job experience is looking for employers who want a little help this summer.
The county's Summer Youth Employment Program connects people ages 14 to 21 with employers, they work for minimum wage and in many cases, the employer doesn't have to pay the wages because the county has a federal workforce investment grant.
For years the program has been able to place youth in jobs with non-profit agencies and government departments, but Dana Katbah, the program manager, said she hopes to expand the program to private, professional workplaces.
“Such as maybe dentists office, medical offices, legal offices, architectural firms, those types of professional offices where we can really match up a young person who’s interested in that particular career track with somebody who’s really kind of willing to show them the ropes a little bit," Katbah said.
Some of the students in the program are working their first job and earning their first paycheck, she said. Last year more than 1,500 young people were in the program.
Employers interested in participating or finding out more can email PledgeAJob@pima.gov, Katbah said.