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Mass. Providing $12M to Pay for 6,000 Summer Jobs

People-Deval PatrickBOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says Massachusetts is investing $12 million in state funds in a program that will pay for nearly 6,000 summer job-training opportunities.

Patrick says the funding for the program overseen by YouthWorks — a state-subsidized jobs initiative for at-risk youth aged 14 to 21 — is part of his budget proposal for the 2015 financial year.

The investment represents a $3 million increase over the budged for the 2014 financial year.

Patrick said Saturday that summer jobs are essential to providing at-risk youth with a better opportunity for a brighter future.

The Democratic governor says the initiative is a key part of efforts to keep young people off the streets while also letting them earn money and help their communities.

Last summer, the program provided job training to 5,175 young people in 31 cities.

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