For the first time ever, the City of Milpitas will be offering a Milpitas Youth Force (MYF) program for teens this summer.

A work-readiness experience, MYF will select 20 teens out of those who apply, and pair them with a work employer for 6 weeks, from June 24 to August 2. The City will also pay all of the participating teens’ wages, to the tune of $15 per hour. Teens will be allowed to work Monday-Thursday, up to 6 hours a day. Employers must also commit to setting aside an hour a week to train and work on goal-setting with each participant.

“We want to provide programs so our teens have something to do in the summer. Not only that, the jobs out there require experience,” said Milpitas’ Marketing Coordinator Ruby General. “But it’s hard to get a job when you don’t have experience, and no one wants to give you the time of day to train you. So this is a chance to really learn on the job — just how a business works, how important it is to come to work on time, how hard it is to make $15 an hour.”

Each teen will also be given a free VTA pass, a stipend for business attire, and CPR/First Aid certification.

And for two weeks before the work experience, teens will receive training to prepare.

The City of Milpitas is now seeking interested employers to apply. Find out how to do so below…

 

 

Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works with nonprofit organizations to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also an author; her first book will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in mid-2019. Her YouTube channel, which features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment, has amassed thousands of subscribers. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s founder.

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