RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined elected officials, Recreation Director
Michael Stephens, Economic Opportunity Director Brian Hull, AS220 Artistic
Director Shey Rivera, and community partners to announce expanded summer
employment opportunities for Providence youth. In summer 2017, the City will
offer more than 1,000 summer jobs, an increase of close to 40% from 2016.
are no better investments than those that we make in our youth,” said Mayor
Elorza. “I’m proud of this increased investment and look forward to having more
young people stay engaged and on the path to success.”
to a Brookings Institution study, research
shows that summer employment programs can lead many positive effects, including
reduced violence, lower incarceration rates, and improved academic outcomes for
young people. In alignment with this research and Mayor Elorza’s vision for a
city with economic and educational opportunity for all, the City will offer
more opportunities through increased funding, better alignment of existing
programs, and the engagement of more program partners.
Department of Parks and Recreation
a $350,000 investment, the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation will
hire approximately 370 Providence youth this summer to operate lunch program
sites, camps and water parks across the city. This program provides an
additional 80 jobs compared to 2016 and includes a robust training orientation
program to gain essential work skills. All summer employment candidates must be
at least 14 years old as of June 15, 2017 and must apply online before
the May 3, 2017 deadline.
Office of Economic Opportunity
a particular focus on workforce development, the Office of Economic Opportunity
and Workforce Solutions of Providence and Cranston will offer approximately 360
jobs through 9 selected providers. For this program, 40 additional jobs will be
offered this summer through a total investment of $500,000 in partnership with
the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island. Those interested must apply in
person at the Providence Skills Center located at the Providence Place Mall, 31
include: Academy for Career Exploration (ACE), AS220, Boys and Girls Club of
Providence, Community Action Partnership of Providence (CAPP), Comprehensive
Community Action Program (CCAP), Downcity Design, Lifespan, the Metropolitan
Regional Career and Technical Center, and Young Voices.
One Providence for Youth
Elorza also announced a request for proposal for One Providence for Youth,
a program possible through an allocation of $1 million that aims to increase
youth participation in community-oriented summer work and training
opportunities. Depending on the scope of proposals received through the
process, approximately 400 completely new summer jobs will be offered in 2017.
Local community-based organizations and youth providers are invited to apply
for funds to expand summer opportunities for youth. The request for proposal
can be found at:
information for all summer jobs programs can be found at www.pvdsummerjobs.com. Residents can also contact the
Mayor’s Center for City Services at City Hall by dialing 3-1-1 or downloading
the PVD311 mobile
application now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.