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Local Agency Kicks Off Summer Youth Work Campaign

HOLYOKE, Mass. (wggb) – While it may seem far away, summer is coming. Besides warmer temperatures it will also being job opportunities for teens and young adults. Today one local agency called on businesses to step up.

Julio Navarro turned 18 yesterday. He’s part of the CareerPoint Youth Work Campaign.

“When I first went in there I was really nervous. I didn’t know what they expected of me,” he told us.

Julio is just one young adult that CareerPoint will help this year. Today they kicked off their 2014 Youth Work Summer Campaign where they will ask area employers to place a youth in their business for 5-6 weeks during the summer.

“It’s really important for the community and for the young people and for the employers to get these folks knowing how to understand workplace expectations,” Bud Delphin, Director of Programs and Services with CareerPoint told us.

Just this week President Obama unveiled “My Brother’s Keeper,” a new initiative to help young male minorities succeed. It’s an effort that resonated with those at Monday’s event.

“They have a summer jobs program where they try to get at risk youths in Holyoke in the door. So they can see the efforts and the qualities and initiatives that are brought through kids that need help. That just a door opens all the positive things that come back to them in order for them to be successful,” parent and coach Jonathan Moquin said.

“It’s a benefit to the community in which they live. Because if the young folks are doing something productive and meaningful during the summer that’s helping them not be involved in things that are less positive and less productive,” explained Delphin.

Just two months into his work with CareerPoint, Julio has already made major strides. Now he’s using his story to encourage employers to give other young people a chance too.

” It is because if no one gives our youth an opportunity then no one will and no youth will progress,” he said.

Hampden Bank was just one of the employers at today’s event. Each year they take on 2-3 young adults. Their hope is that they will stay on with them right through college

CareerPoint also asks employers that may not have space to hire a young adult to donate money. That way the agency can place someone with another company that may not have the funds to pay for that person.

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