NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – With summer camps not too far away, New Haven is looking for Elm City teens looking for work.
New Haven hires students every summer, but thanks to millions of dollars in federal funding poured into the city with the US bailout, New Haven is actually expanding its youth camps and activities this summer.
This means that they need additional staff.
In the New Haven Record Hall, teens from across town like Deniya Williams are hoping to land a summer job.
As a child, Williams used to go to summer camps in New Haven and now she hopes to work there.
âHonestly, I was excited because I’ve been looking for a job lately and summer camp is a great start. You can work with kids, have fun, it’s the perfect combination for the summer, âsaid Williams.
Each year, the New Haven Youth and Recreation Department organizes a number of summer camps for children, but this year it is also partnering with the Board of Education, providing camps in schools, in as part of the city’s Summer of Fun initiative.
âWe have almost 3,000 young children who have signed up for this program over the summer, a combination of study and fun outdoor activities, and now we have realized that we have so many children, we need older children to help as councilors, âthe mayor said. Justin Elicker.
In fact, the city is looking for more than 200 adolescents and young adults to act as counselors and camp directors.
It’s all part of the New Haven summer reset, using some of the American Rescue Plan’s roughly $ 6.3 million in federal funding to expand youth activities and hire additional staff.
âI like working with children. We have looked everywhere for me to work, since I was 16 my birthday was last month, âsaid Ashley Rodrigeuz.
For those 16 and over who are hired, they will be looking to get 25 hours per week and earn between $ 12 and $ 15 an hour.
For Mehki McCotter, he says the only thing that worries him is working and saving money.
âThe first thing I thought about was I’m ready to work, so I’m ready to make it,â McCotter said.
New Haven teens interested in employment should apply to the Youth and Recreation Department by Friday. Candidates can be picked up at the town hall.
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