Finding summer employment for young people
By Henrietta J. Burroughs
East Palo Alto Today
Posted on May 20, 2009
Updated May 22, 2009
With the summer and the end of school fast approaching, community organizers and various agencies that work with young people are actively soliciting businesses, foundations and other funding sources to get the necessary funds to provide young people with summer employment.
At the East Palo Alto City Council meeting on May 19, a special presentation was made to council members urging that they make a grant of $102,300 to support the “Summer implementation of the Sponsored Employment Program (SEP).”
The SEP program was started five years ago to provide summer jobs for city youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 24, the very age group at highest risk for getting involved in crime and violence. Since its inception, the program has found jobs for over 500 young people in local businesses and organizations. The employment is for 30 hours a week at $9 an hour.
Last year the City of East Palo Alto provided a $51,000 grant to the SEP program. This year, the administrators of the program cited a reduction in SEP funding and requested that the previous grant be doubled. They said that their current grant request would support 31 youth and young adults at a cost of $3,300 each.
The coalition of nonprofit organizations led by One East Palo Alto (OEPA), JobTrain and El Concilio of San Mateo County organized the SEP presentation that was made at the city council meeting.
To see the presentation that the group and its supporters made to the council, click the picture below or go here.