Sacramento and Stockton city will get $6.9 and $4.3 million as part of statewide jobs program. The aim of the program is to provide opportunities to young adults, so they have better prospects for success.
California on Thursday launched the $185 million jobs program. The new program is called the Californians For All Youth Jobs Corps and it partners the state government with California’s 13 largest cities. Both Sacramento and Stockton are part of state’s list of 13 largest cities. Hence, both cities will receive $6.9 million and $4.3 million respectively. State officials are hopeful that the program will help hundreds of underserved youth find jobs in Sacramento and Stockton.
The program’s funding is used to hire young people between the ages of 16 and 30. In addition, the new hires will work on jobs focusing on climate change, food insecurity, and COVID-19 recovery. Undeserved youth include unemployed, out of school, foster care kids or low-income young adults are prioritized for the program. California’s chief services officer says that the new funding is the first phase of the program. The overall program comprises of two phases.
The city of Sacramento will use the millions of dollars to serve 799 youth over two years starting in the summer. Part of Sacramento’s plan to use the funding will include hiring people ages 16 through 24 for city work experience. Moreover, for those 18 to 30 years old, Sacramento will offer a four-month on-the-job training program. Mary Lynne, communications director for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in her statement. Lynne says Sacramento will also select four people ages 16 to 30 to participate in a paid, year-long city fellowship. Those involved in Sacramento’s program will get access to public sector bootcamps that will provide job coaching.
After formal approval of application Stockton will receive some of the funds for community organizations involved in youth workforce development. Stockton City Manager Harry Black says the city is looking to develop a youth employment program for this summer. The cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Riverside also received millions of dollars in the first round of funding for the program.
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