LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a $3.5 million program to create at least 2,200 summer jobs for young people.

The program, recommended by supervisors Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky, addresses the 26.9 percent unemployment rate for young people in Los Angeles County.

“In these tough economic times, young people are really struggling to find employment, which limits their ability to gain necessary experience for the future,” Knabe said. “This program will give them that experience and life skills, while providing local organizations with invaluable resources and support.”

Clerical, maintenance, groundskeeping, child care, teacher’s aide and library assistant positions will be offered at county and city facilities, non profit and for-profit organizations. Young people in foster care, on probation or those whose families receive assistance will be prioritized in the program.

More information and a job database, searchable by Zip code, is at www.lacounty.gov.

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Comments (4)
  1. Rick says:

    What a terrific waste of money, instead all the high schools should be setting up a hiring hall for summer time jobs, employeers will know where the kids come from , kids that want to work can have all their necessary paperwork for employeers on file with the counselors directing the program, work history, all the info needed. This would be a worthwhile way to spend some taxpayer money instead of some politician inventing jobs for photo ops to make himself look good in the community.

  2. look n 4 the big one says:

    3.5 million???? there is 12-13 million illegal mexican in los angles.

  3. ArmyStud says:

    Fix the Homeless 1st. give them a place food etc.. Not just on Majors Holidays to show on the News…

  4. Money, Money, Money says:

    Does anybody wanna bet all this money will not be used in the poor sections to help out the kids there ie. South L.A, Compton, Watts, Inglewood, San Pedro, Carson, Wilmington, Gardena, Harbor City etc…

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