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The deadline for youth to apply for summer work experience through the Pima County Youth Employment Program is Friday.

Youth ages 14 to 21 can apply for summer jobs and get work experience while earning minimum wage. Pima County pays the wages, and private and public employers are responsible for training and overseeing the youth employee.

It's a way to teach people work and life skills, said Maria Suarez, the program coordinator.

"It gives the youth valuable work experience for their future needs and it pairs them up with business and community members that will be good mentors," she said.

In the past, many participants have had summer positions in county departments, but Suarez said private employers participate, too. The number of people who get paid summer work experience through the Pima County Summer Youth Programs varies based on how many positions are available in local companies.

“It’s nice to have some of our private businesses give youth employment because sometimes the private businesses are the ones that will hire them after the fact." she said.

People interested in getting a summer job must apply and take an assessment test.

More information is available at the Summer Youth Programs Hotline, 520-798-0546. Employers who want to participate can also contact the hotline, Suarez said.