Office of Mayor William Peduto
"Summer of Learn and Earn" Program to Employ 2,000 Youths for Second Year
Appliation Period for City, County Summer Jobs Program Starts Today

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh and Allegheny County youths seeking summer jobs may begin applying today for the region’s second “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) have, once again, joined together to match 2,000 youths aged 14 to 21 with summer jobs that position them for later careers. The program will employ 1,300 youths ages 14 to 21 from the City of Pittsburgh and 700 more from Allegheny County, providing participants with personal development opportunities, while also assisting the long-term growth of Pittsburgh-area employers.

The application period opens Tuesday, April 19 and ends May 9. The work period begins on June 27th and runs through August 5th, 2016. Interested youth may complete the online application at www.jobs4summer.org, or may also visit in-person application sites listed below to apply in person.

“This program is an investment in our youth, and our future workforce,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “These opportunities help prepare our youth to enter the workforce with basic skills as well as the opportunity to gain experience in problem-solving, critical thinking and other life-skills training. We want all of our youth to be able to benefit from the growth and opportunities that are currently available in our region, and this program is one way to ensure that happens for those youth who most need a chance.”

The county and city joined with 3RWIB in 2015 to launch the program. “Learn and Earn” was launched after more than 1,300 young people applied for jobs in Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program in 2014, even though there were only 500 positions available. The “Summer of Learn and Earn” effort has expanded the pool of job applicants, using help from area corporations and foundations to help fund jobs for area youth, and to expand their opportunities for career development.

In 2015, the Learn and Earn program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults which, in turn, provided more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participating youth worked an average of 150 hours each and received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program.

“Summer jobs not only provide spending money, but introduce young people to possible careers in the Pittsburgh area’s growing economy. The ‘Summer of Learn and Earn’ is a great example of how government and our business and foundation partners are working together to give our region’s youth opportunities to build their resumes and prepare for life after school is over,” Mayor William Peduto said.

Workforce trends show the Pittsburgh region needs to prepare more youth to enter the local workforce and replace the region’s aging talent. Over the last decade the share of workers over age 55 grew by more than 80,000 in the region while the share of younger workers ages 25 to 44 fell by more than 100,000 workers.  During the same period, the number of jobs for youth declined by 50 percent.

Focusing on training youth now will create a pipeline to fill jobs left by this aging workforce. The Summer of Learn and Earn for area youth is creating a regular flow of trained workers, and will benefit both young people and employers for years to come. Employers will be attracted to the region because they know it has a well prepared, diverse, growing and fully mobilized workforce.

“Learn and Earn is a major step forward in building a pipeline of talent prepared to enter the workforce,” said Stefani Pashman, CEO, 3RWIB. “By connecting young people to the job opportunities available in this region — showing them the breadth of opportunity available right here — we establish the relationship between education and economic success and set them on the path to a bright future.”

Learn and Earn is a three-tiered, six-week program focused on 14 career tracks based on the growing or trending occupations in the Pittsburgh area. These tracks include health care, education, park management, recreation, finance and banking and information technology.

Youth engaged in Tiers 1 and 2 have no or limited prior work experience. They work 25 hours per week and receive a total of 12 hours of work-readiness training over the course of the program. Tier 3 is the capstone experience of Learn and Earn. Tier 3 youth are between 16 and 21 years old, have prior work experience, and have demonstrated the ability to manage tasks individually or as a part of a team. Tier 3 interns work 20 hours per week in a corporate setting and receive a total of 24 hours of work-readiness training.

Corporate partners are being sought to sponsor and employ Tier 3 youth in 2016. The cost is $2,000 per intern, and Learn and Earn staff prescreens all participants, arranges interviews, provides ongoing support, and processes all paperwork and payroll. Businesses who are interested in supporting this effort may contact 3RWIB directly for additional information.

A list of in-person application sites, including hours of operation when available, follows:

Location/Address

Phone

Hours

Goodwill of SWPA South Side
2400 Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

412-281-6629

Mon. – Fri.
10 AM to 6 PM

Sat., April 30 & May 7
10 AM to 1 PM

Goodwill of SWPA
294 Lincoln Highway
North Versailles, PA 15137

412-281-6629

Tues., Thurs, & Fri.
12 PM to 6 PM

Sat., April 30 & May 7
10 AM to 1 PM

Oakland Planning and Development Corp
294 Semple Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

412- 682-1144

Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri.
9 AM to 6 PM

Wednesdays
9 AM to 7:45 PM

Auberle
1101 Hartman Street
McKeesport, PA 15132

412-673-5856

Contact for Hours

 

YouthPlaces
711 West Commons
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

412-434-0851

Contact for Hours

 

Phase 4 Learning Center
Brentwood Towne Square
121 Towne Square Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

724-462-1241

Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri.
9 AM to 6 PM

Wednesday
9 AM to 8 PM

Saturday
10 AM to 2 PM

Phase 4 Learning Center
Medical Center West
211 N. Whitfield Street, Suite 110
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

724-462-1241

Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri.
9 AM to 6 PM

Wednesday
9 AM to 8 PM

Saturday
10 AM to 2 PM

ResCare Workforce Services
332 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-575-5877

Contact for Hours

 

Kanmas Educational Support Center
5100 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

724-493-9371

Mon. & Thurs.
12 PM to 7 PM

Saturday
10 AM to 2 PM

Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center
5321 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

412-362-8580

Monday thru Friday
2 PM to 8 PM

Sat., Apr. 23, 30 & May 7
12 PM to 6 PM

Neighborhood Learning Alliance (West End Works)
825 Lorenz Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

412-533-2029

Contact for Hours

 

City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority
Bedford Hope Center
2305 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-395-3950

Monday thru Thursday
10 AM to 6 PM

Friday
10 AM to 5 PM
Sat., May 7
10 AM to 2 PM

Northside Coalition for Fair Housing
1821 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

412-321-5527

Monday thru Friday
10 AM to 6 PM

Sat., April 30 & May 7
10 AM to 1 PM

 
Published:
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Contacts
Katie O'Malley
Communications Coordinator
Office: (412) 925-1990
Email

Amie Downs
Communications Director
Allegheny County
Office: (412) 350-3711
Cell: (412) 327-3700
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