PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The deadline to apply for Pima County Summer Youth Program is Friday, March 11. According Pima County officials, youth from 14 to 24 years old are eligible.
"I think the program is a great way to help teens get job experience and it opens up a lot of doors for future jobs," said Raquel Galvez, a three year veteran of the program and a student at Tucson Magnet High School. She has turned her latest summer job working at the Children's Museum Tucson into a year-round part-time job.
Pima County partners with several local agencies to offer summer jobs in two sessions - May 31 to June 30 and July 1 to July 29. Not all ages are eligible for every program. There are several ways to apply: online at https://summeryouth.pima.gov/ or by picking up an application from a local high school, community center or library. Applicants may also call 724-9639 for more information.
Jobs offered vary from outdoor labor to clerical to retail. All industries are represented, including public, private, non-profit and for-profit organizations. Department of Transportation or Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department positions involve outside manual labor. Applicants for the positions will be placed in a special pool of applicants, which may increase the chances of being selected for a summer job.
The Summer Youth Programs also include basic education, in which young people can earn elective high school credits through learning in math, reading and writing. Work hours range from 20 to 40 hours per week. Placements range from four to seven weeks depending on the specific work or education program.
Participants attend a one-day "employability skills" workshop, where they learn about good work habits and employer expectations before they go to work.
For more information, call the Pima County Summer Youth Programs Hotline at (520) 724-9639.