(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City has been successful in increasing the number of summer jobs available through the Mayor’s Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP) thanks to generous donations from Highmark and the Pittsburgh Foundation. The Department of Personnel this afternoon introduced legislation to City Council to accept the funds.
“I want to thank Highmark and the Pittsburgh Foundation for their commitment to investing in our City and our young people,” Ravenstahl said. “Teaching young people the value of hard work and earning an honest day's paycheck will keep them out of trouble and on the right track."
The program will be split between two employment tracks, conservation service work and white-collar internship positions, and will be funded with $600,000 in CDBG funds allocated by the Mayor, $125,000 provided by the Pittsburgh Foundation and $120,000 provided by Highmark.
“With this additional funding, we will be able to hire about 125 more young people to work in our parks and public properties, as well as with local nonprofits such as the Hill House, LifeWorks and many other community-building organizations,” Ravenstahl said.
“The Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program allows our local youth to obtain beneficial work experience and plays a major role in our city’s economic growth," said Mary Anne Papale, Highmark’s director of community affairs. “Highmark is pleased to fund this program for the second consecutive year because it provides participants with the opportunity to gain valuable job-related skills, giving them the chance to follow a path that will help lead them to a promising future.”
The City originally expected to hire 250 youths this summer.
"This summer jobs program has helped over 2,000 young people prepare for 21st-century jobs while, at the same time, make a difference in their community and contribute to Pittsburgh's economic growth."
The 2012 PSYEP will begin on July 2 and end on August 10, 2012. To date, over 2,000 summer jobs have been provided through PSYEP under Ravenstahl’s leadership. The program provides up to 30 hours of experience per week, including work readiness or career exploration training, at a rate of $7.25 per hour.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687