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Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Launches Summer Youth Jobs Program in 5th District
Providing some much needed maintenance to alley ways in the 5th Council District are one of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske's top priorities this summer and in order to help her get the work done, she has requested that a half dozen Summer Youth Employment Training Program particpants be assigned to the 5th District Council Office.

"Long Beach has received funding through the federal Recovery Act 2009 to employ young adults to work 20 - 25 hours a week beginning July 19 through August 31," explains Schipske. “I have coordinated a work plan with the City's Environmental Services Bureau that will allow 6 youth to work with me to clean up alleys this summer.”

“Working on improving the alleys will give these young people not only a summer job but a way to make a real difference in the community in which they live,” says Schipske.

Through ARRA funding, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network will provide wages, worker's compensation insurance, a job coach and all required administrative procedures. The Summer Youth Employment Training Program is administered by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network's Youth Opportunity Center.

The no-coast jobs program is also available to non-profit, government or private sector business that can provide a meaningful work experience in an established work environment, mentoring and all necessary work equipment and tools.  Worksites interested in taking advantage of the Summer Youth Employment Training Program should fill out the short survey at or by calling toll free, 866-848-3321.