Hire an Oakland Teen This Summer

By Mike Anderson
|  Saturday, Jun 4, 2011  |  Updated 9:09 AM PDT
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Hire an Oakland Teen This Summer

Joseph Young

About 1000 teens applied for Oakland's summer work program.

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If you're looking for a summer worker, Oakland's got plenty.

The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program has about 1000 applicants this year, but the city only has 200 openings because of federal cutbacks.

Mayor Jean Quan is asking local busineses to consider hiring one of these teens for the summer or donating $1000 so another business can.

“Now, more than ever, Oakland teens need opportunities to learn about the work place," Quan said. "It gives them safe summer alternatives and can open up a whole new world of possibilities."

Oakland teens 14 and older are eligible for the program, which pays $8 an hour for 120 hours during the summer. They are placed in positions with local government, nonprofits, corporations and small businesses where they learn work place basics and explore possible careers.

Interested businesses can call (510) 238-3588. Download an application to host a summer intern here (PDF).

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