Federal grant to create 10K summer jobs for LA youths

A $25 million federal stimulus grant will help create temporary jobs for 10,000 youths in Los Angeles this summer, it was announced today.

Hire L.A.'s Youth 2010 Employment Program will provide 10,000 youths ages 14-24 with six-week paid internships in July and August.

To be eligible, the youths must be living in Los Angeles, and their families must be receiving food stamps or CalWorks financial assistance.

"We are providing employment opportunities and skills training for over 10,000 youth this summer -- that's 10,000 young people who will be given a summer job and an opportunity toward a lifetime of employment,'' Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in announcing the progam today.

"Hire L.A.'s Youth is creating fulfilling summer employment for our youth in the short-term and establishing the building blocks for the long-term success of our local economy,'' he added.

To date, 6,000 youths have registered for the program. Those interested in participating were urged to call 311.

Kaiser Permanente is the largest employer in the program, offering jobs to more than 400 youths. Other businesses and employers interested in the program should check out the website www.hirelayouth.com, or call (213) 744-7206.