YouthWorks helping young adults find employment opportunities in Mass.
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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - Catherine Dagnin is one of the lucky ones. She works as a counselor for Worcester's Wheels to Water program. It's her first summer job, and while the paycheck is great, it’s not the only thing she's looking forward to.
“It requires a lot of responsibilities and organization and is a character builder, something I want to have going into applying for colleges and everything,” she says.
“Youth that have work experience in those formative years go on to greater career success and are employed at a greater rate than if they don't,” says Jeff Turgeon with the central Massachusetts workforce investment program.
According to the central Massachusetts workforce investment board, employment opportunities for young adults are hard to come by.
“It used to be 55-percent of youth ages 15 to 19 years old working and now down to just over 25-percent,” Turgeon says.YouthWorks
is a state-funded program helping young adults get employment opportunities.
Turgeon says on an average summer they have close to 400 slots to fill and receive more than double that number of applicants. He estimates the number of young adults without work in Worcester alone is in the thousands.
“We are here playing a role and making them feel more confident about work opportunities,” says Monica Lowell, VP of community relations.
Community partners play a big part in opening their doors to young workers. UMass Memorial Medical Center's program puts close to 60 young adults to work each summer, but more partners are needed to help people like Owen McCarthy's friends find work.
“I have a couple of friends who have had a hard time finding jobs myself included,” McCarthy says. “Actually, it was a miracle I found this job at Wheels to Water.”