Throughout Senator Joe Robach of Rochester tenure in the New York State, he has supported efforts to help create jobs in our community. One of his job creation priorities has been to help children find summer employment. He was happy to hear and support a recent announcement by New York State Governor Cuomo. Through the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, more the 18,000 teens will be employed by the State of New York State this summer. Through a fund of $25 million, these young people from all fifty seven counties and the City of New York will worked across the state providing them with not only valuable experience but will help to prepare them for employment further on in their lives. By hiring these eligible youths who are between fourteen and twenty, who are members of families who have qualified for public assistance or are below the federal level of poverty New York State is increasing the number of young people who serve in the workforce, they can acquire skills that will hasten their reentry to the job market, while helping them to clarify future career goals and life aspirations. The twenty five million dollars allocated this year is a more then sixty percent increase of available funds for the 2011 summer program where over eleven thousands youths were participants in the program. By increasing the funding, thousands more New York young people will be able to participate. According to the Governor’s office youth interested in participating in the program should contact their local department of social services. Information on contacting the social
services departments can be found at: http://otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/dss.asp.
Joe Robach of Rochester support for this measure coincides with his support for Rochester’s Summer of Opportunity Program, a program in which approximately 350 students’ year gain summer training and employment opportunities that make direct connections to their success in school. The focus is on job readiness and hands on experience.