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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: May 5, 2023 11:18 AM
From: Representative Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz
To: All House members
Subject: Summer Youth Employment Programs
Many young people across Pennsylvania will make bad choices this summer.  With limited options and unfocused goals, these young people will hang out with the wrong crowd and make mistakes that could have implications for the rest of their lives.  However, there is an alternative.  If we can build a network where young people can work and contribute during the summer, learn the value of hard work, learn how to be a professional, and put some money in their pockets, we can help them avoid these bad choices.   
A Quarterly Journal of Economics report studied New York City’s summer youth employment program.  This study tracked youth participants between the ages of 14 to 26 and examined the wages, mortality, and incarceration rates of these young people.  The study found that participants in the NYC summer employment program had a 20% reduction in the mortality rate.  In addition, these summer jobs tend to be “sticky,” meaning that once the young person has a quality experience, they are more likely to stay in that field.  A camp counselor may develop into a teacher.  
My bill would create a grant program designed to encourage employers to hire youths for summer employment opportunities.  The grant would award $5,000 to employers who employ 10 to 20 youths and $10,000 to employers who employ over 20 youths. An additional grant would be provided to employers who employ young people from historically disadvantaged areas.  In addition, the Department of Labor and Industry would be required to create a website that will serve as a clearinghouse for the various summer job opportunities across the Commonwealth. The department would contact guidance counselors and other high school administrators to inform them of these potential summer jobs. By working together, we can provide Pennsylvania youths a rewarding summer work experience. 
Please join me to provide new opportunities for young people and give them a path for success by co-sponsoring this bill.

Introduced as HB1211