Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


Carcieri Kicks Off Summer Jobs Program for Youth (pdf)

Dottie Miller (401) 462-8727
Workforce Partnership of Greater RI
March 23, 2006

WARWICK - At a kick-off breakfast meeting held today for the Yes-2-Work Summer Jobs Program, Governor Donald L. Carcieri spoke about the importance of private sector support in training the state's future workforce. The Governor and the Governor's Workforce Board - Rhode Island (GWB-RI) hosted the breakfast for more than 30 of the state's leading employers as well as members of local chambers of commerce.
"Business leaders are uniquely qualified to motivate young people about their particular industries and the education and skill sets that are required to succeed in those fields," Governor Carcieri said. "The Yes-2-Work Summer Jobs Program can play a role in matching our young people with employers to enhance their learning and create our future workforce."

This is the first year of the Yes-2-Work Summer Jobs Program, which is modeled after successful programs in Boston, New York City, and at Lifespan. The goal of the program is to recruit young people ages 16 to 19 to work with employers, who will provide them with training and mentoring opportunities.

GWB-RI Chairman Joseph MarcAurele said that this program provides benefits to both employers and teenagers. "This private-sector led summer employment program responds to corporate concerns about the skills of the future workforce," MarcAurele said. "GWB-RI develops policy that enriches our workforce, education, and economic development systems. This improves the skill base and, ultimately, increases economic development opportunities for all RI citizens and businesses."

"You deliver the jobs - we'll deliver the kids," quipped Executive Director Adelita S. Orefice. "These teens will return to school next fall understanding what skills they'll need to succeed in their chosen field and that they don't have to leave Rhode Island to find a challenging career."
Employers who may be interested in participating in the Yes-2-Work Summer Jobs Program are encouraged to contact Dottie Miller by phone at (401) 462-8727 or through e-mail at dmiller@dlt.state.ri.us.


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