Applications available for summer youth employment opportunities

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is calling on local business leaders to participate in the Phoenix R.I.S.E. (Reach and Invest in Summer Employment) internship program. The program, which offers summer youth employment opportunities, is actively recruiting local businesses, non-profits, philanthropic and government agencies to create internship opportunities for Phoenix youth this summer.

The Phoenix R.I.S.E. program will provide employment opportunities for youth, ages 16 to 24, to learn the general aspects of working in a business. The program offers a pathway to building strong work ethics and making future connections. Businesses will receive untapped talent to assist with office duties and special projects.

The summer internship program is 100 percent grant-funded, and businesses are not responsible for paying for the youth who work at their work site. The 5-week program will serve approximately 120 youth from June 29 through July 31. Interns can work up to 40 hours a week.

Businesses interested in responding to the Mayor's Call-to-Action can download and submit an application to participate in the program until May 29. Supervisors and mentors must attend a two hour orientation to learn program expectations and meet the interns during the week of June 22. Youth, ages 16 – 24, who reside within the city of Phoenix, can download and submit an application until 2 p.m. on May 22.

Download applications at www.phoenix.gov/econdev/workforce-connection/youth/programs or pick them up at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., 19th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Please forward completed applications and any questions to pwcyouthprograms@phoenix.gov or call 602-534-3794.