STAMFORD, Conn. -- Nearly 100 Stamford teens are taking part in the city’s youth employment program this summer, Mayor David Martin announced this week.
In its sixth year, the program has 91 high school juniors and seniors interning at 50 corporate, city and nonprofit job sites.
“The program and the students participating get better and better every year,” Martin said.
Last year, 75 students were enrolled in the program.
The companies and the city receive “top-notch” work from the participants, he said.
Students not only get the chance to build up their resumes, they also have a venue in which to showcase their skills, the mayor said.
Martin, who appeared with other city officials and students, thanked sponsors such as the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Bank of America and Starwood.
He also praised Youth Services Department employees for making the program “successful and worthwhile for the students.”
Bank of America official Bill Tommins said access to job experience is fundamental to “economic mobility” and is critical to building a “strong community” in Stamford.
The youth program increases opportunities for youth and improves “the odds for their future financial success and security,” said Juanita James, CEO and president of the Fairfield County Community Foundation.