New England Farm Workers’ Council Hosts Summer Jobs Kick-Off at Springfield Museums

Contact: Ana West Reyes
Telephone: 413-272-2280

The New England Farm Workers’ Council (NEFWC), a multi-faceted human services agency established in 1971, administering the YouthWorks 2019 Summer Employment Program for the City of Springfield is hosting a summer jobs kickoff for local youth on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.   The event will take place at the Springfield Museums – D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Auditorium, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Senator James Welch, Heriberto Flores, NEFWC CEO, Vanessa Otero, Chief Operating Officer, and other elected officials are the guest speakers.

Over 4,000 applications were provided to residents in the City of Springfield for a total of 320 available summer job opportunities.  Starting on July 8th, 320 youth will work six weeks and earn $12.00 per hour. All youth have received 10 hours of work readiness skills and safety training. An additional five hours of work readiness focused on financial literacy and finding jobs will occur during their work experience.

Sixty-Five (65) employers from both the private and public sectors are participating as worksites for the youth.  Employers will provide structured tasks that help youth continue to build their communication, collaboration, initiative, and dependability skills.

“Employing youth is a wonderful opportunity to both get quality employees and help new workers learn about responsibility and work ethic. We are very happy to invite youth workers to the Museums.” Kay Simpson CEO and President of the Springfield Museums.

The YouthWorks program is a state funded program, through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.  It is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation at the state level, and by MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board at the regional level.