Picente: Oneida County Seeks Work Sites For 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today urged local governments and community-based agencies to participate as work sites for the 2010 Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program. 

“This is a time when our local not-for-profit agencies, local governments and other community-based partners have work that can be done this summer by youth who will be bringing a spirit of can-do energy to community service,” Picente said. “Oneida County’s Summer Youth Employment Program tries to help youth learn the lessons only work can provide and also give back to the community by helping community agencies complete projects or repairs that need to be done. We are hoping that in the coming weeks, we will hear from communities and organizations that want to partner with the Office of Workforce Development to provide challenging, rewarding, community renewal opportunities for our youth.”

Picente said communities and organizations with ideas for Community Renewal projects that could be undertaken by Summer Youth Employment Program workers should contact David Mathis, Director of Workforce Development. A 2010 Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program Work Site Request Form is available on the Workforce Development page of Oneida County’s Web site, www.ocgov.net. Community agencies who have questions or want more information can contact Mathis by e-mail at dmathis@ocgov.net or by writing him at: Oneida County Workforce Development, 209 Elizabeth St., Utica, NY 13501.
Picente said that funding for the 2010 program will depend on state and federal budgets, but that Oneida County is working now to prepare for a program that will help the community and its youth. He said that the pre-application process for Oneida County youth will begin after the state budget is presented later this month.
“Our major priority now is to develop quality work sites so that we can meet community needs and provide a safe, supervised work experience for our youth,” Picente said.