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Applications Now Available For Union County’s “Empowering Our Youth” Summer Employment Program

The Union County Board of County Commissioners announced the launch of the “Empowering Our Youth” Summer Employment Program. Now open to applicants, this program is run by the Union County Division of Youth Services and is offered to County residents ages 16 through 24 years old.

“This program is in line with the Union County Board of County Commissioners’ vision of empowering the minds of our youngest residents and ensuring they have the opportunities to reach their full potential,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Empowering Our Youth” is another way we can connect our residents to the programs they need for a successful future. I encourage those who are qualified to apply and take advantage of this wonderful program.”

This employment program is offering both full-time and part-time positions at various locations at $15 an hour. The “Empowering Our Youth” Summer Employment Program can provide uniforms, transportation, and childcare to those looking for summer jobs.

“I am very excited to be a part of this program, which was designed to provide our youth residents with the work exposure, experience and skills they will need for a competitive workforce,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, Liaison to the Human Services Advisory Council. “When this “Empowering Our Youth” initiative was first crafted, I wanted to make sure it benefited both the youth population as well as the employers in various job sectors. Our residents can gain knowledge in literacy, financial and other training skills that are provided through our Union County supportive skills courses, which, in turn, benefits employers by having a more than qualified staff. This is also at no-cost to the employer relative to the employee’s salaries which are part of this program. It really is a win-win for all involved, including our County Commissioner Board, who continues to work to improve the quality of life for all residents.”

The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 19, 2022. Applicants looking to view eligibility requirements or wishing to apply can do so by visiting ucnj.org/youth. Information can also be found by visiting the following locations in person:

  • DYS Youth Forward: 1143-1145 E. Jersey St, 4th Floor, Elizabeth
  • One-Stop Center: 921 Elizabeth Ave, Elizabeth
  • American Job Center: 200 W. 2nd St # 4, Plainfield

The Union County Division of Youth Services operates within the Union County Department of Human Services. This program is sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners, the Union County Workforce Development Board through the American Job Center.

For more information or if you have any questions regarding the “Empowering Our Youth” Summer Employment Program, please call Jasmine Sowah at 908-558-2523.