Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Roosevelt Island Teens On The Recession and What They Want To Be When They Grow Up - Will There Be Summer Jobs Available To Them?

You Tube Video of Roosevelt Island Recession

Roosevelt Island teens discuss jobs, the economy and recession.

Very nicely done!

As I was walking past PS/IS 217 the other day, I noticed this sign for Summer Jobs through the Roosevelt Island Youth Program. Unfortunately, according to the sign, the deadline for applying for these jobs has passed - May 8 and there is no further information on these jobs at the RI Youth Program web site.

Governor Patterson announced last week that some of the money from the Federal Stimulus Funds would be used to increase the number of summer jobs available for New York State and City teenagers. According to the NY Times:
...Citing the soaring unemployment rate among New York teenagers and young adults, state and city officials announced on Saturday that money from the federal stimulus program would be used to expand the number of summer jobs.

Gov. David A. Paterson said $18.5 million would be directed to the city so it can offer 51,000 jobs, an increase of 8,000 from last year.

“Spring is job-hunting season,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who joined Mr. Paterson and other elected officials at a news conference in Midtown Manhattan to provide details of the jobs program. “But as we know, these are not the best of times when it comes to landing work.”...
Let's hope that some of that stimulus money for Summer Youth Jobs comes to Roosevelt Island so that these kids can work and earn some money.


Imee said...

That video really touches me. Being a teenager not too long ago, I know what it's like to worry for your future at such a young age. Add the economic crisis to that... I don't think money should ever be a problem for the youth, but sadly it's a truth of life.