ERIE, Pa. -- A program that has given Erie's young people vital skills and a head start on the future will return for its fourth year.
Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper announced Friday morning that the county has selected GECAC to oversee the fourth annual Summer Jobs and More program.
The program, which started in 2013 as a partnership between Erie County, the Erie Community Foundation and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, is an opportunity to connect youth -- ages 16 to 21 -- with jobs and life-skill training.
In 2016, more than 170 participants worked 180 hours at Saint Vincent Hospital, Gannon University and 40 other businesses and organizers. The number of participants is expected to grow in size and offerings, said Gary Lee, Erie County Director of Administration.
"We're attempting to teach life lessons,” Lee said. “Really to instill into these young men and women the value of work, but equally as important giving back to the community.”
Lee said about 65 percent of the summer employees were selected from the city while 35 percent came from remaining parts of the county in 2016.
This summer, GECAC expects to extend the program from 175 to 200 participants. Applications will be accepted starting in April.
“I mentioned that there's going to be a community project where we're going to ask them to go into the various neighborhoods and clean up and really invest into the properties,” Lee added.
For information about the 2017 Summer Jobs and More Program, visit http://www.gecac.org/summer-jam/.
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