Young people looking to gain valuable work experience or catch up on school credits now may apply for Pima County’s Summer Youth Employment Program.
Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training (CSET) and ARIZONA@WORK-Pima County partner with several local agencies to offer job placements to youth age 14-21. Sessions typically run four to six weeks and range from 20 to 40 hours per week. Youth must be at least 14 and younger than 22 by May 28. Some positions have age requirements and not all applicants will qualify for every position included in the program.
Participants earn Arizona’s minimum wage, $12 per hour.
Program manager Daphanie Conner said positions are very limited, adding the county received in the neighborhood of 4,000 applications last year.
“It’s a highly competitive process. You really have to put your best foot forward,” Conner added. “Successful candidates will be selected based on their applications, grades, assessment scores, and work interests as well as available funding, applicant program selections, geographic area, and employer/worksite requirements.”
CSET staff estimate the program will accommodate between 1,100 and 1,300 young people from across for Pima County, who help fill a wide variety of temporary spots with the City of Tucson, the University of Arizona and dozens of public, private, and non-profit local firms, from outdoor labor to clerical or retail spots. Positions with Pima County’s Department of Transportation or Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department involve outside manual labor.
The Summer Youth Program also allows participants to earn elective high school credit in math, reading and writing.
The deadline to apply is Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m. Youth may apply online, or pick up an application form at local high schools, community centers or public libraries. Call 520-724-9639 for more information.
Youth who are currently attending school must send their report card or unofficial transcript by March 13. Those who are out-of-school must call 520-724-9639 to schedule and complete an assessment test by March 13.
Participants also must attend a one-day “employability skills” workshop, where they learn about good work habits and employer expectations before they go to work.
For additional information, call the Pima County Summer Youth Programs Hotline at 520-724-9639.