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2021 Middlesex Chamber Summer Youth Employment Program Kicks Off Another Year

Submitted by Sierra Lopez.

(Middletown, CT.)  Chairwoman Maureen Westbrook of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2021 version of the Middletown Summer Employment Program kicks off its work experience at almost 40 different host worksites across greater Middletown on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Every year since 2006, the chamber has placed Middletown students into constructive summer employment through this important community program. The chamber has the capacity, through its dynamic membership, to place participants into summer employment in a wide variety of professional fields. Program host sites come from the public sector, the non-profit sector, and most notably, the private sector.  The program is designed to provide employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth between the ages of 14 to 21. In addition to the work experience, the program offers employment readiness training including properly filling out withholding forms, time cards, and codes of conduct, as well as financial literacy and dress for success techniques.

Chamber President Larry McHugh noted, “The chamber is proud of all of its workforce development initiatives, but this program is especially important because it deals with our youth population. Thanks to the leadership and support of Workforce Alliance, the City of Middletown, and a number of terrific private funders, we are able to put nearly 75 kids to work this summer in constructive employment environments throughout the city. I thank all of them on behalf of the chamber for their unbelievable support of this, and many other community initiatives that they support in our area.”

The 2021 team of funding partners is as follows: Workforce Alliance, the City of Middletown, Peach Pit Foundation, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Liberty Bank Foundation, State of CT – Judicial Branch, Jarvis Products Corporation, and Middlesex United Way.

McHugh continued, “In addition to the team of funders, I also want to take a moment to thank the almost 40 businesses and organizations in greater Middletown that will serve as host worksites this summer. Finally, I want to thank our Workforce Development Director Lorenzo Marshall for his outstanding leadership of this program on an annual basis.”

For more information, visit middlesexchamber.com/youth or call the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce 860-347-6924.

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