City of Harrisburg matching youth with summer jobs

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The City of Harrisburg is opening up new jobs to young people ages 14 to 25, and officials hope it will reduce crime.

“If we’re asking our young people not to be engaged in less-than-desirable behaviors, we need to replace those less-than-desirable behaviors with something,” says Karl Singleton, the city’s advisor on education and youth.

It's part of a White House initiative called "My Brother's Keeper." The Harrisburg chapter meets every two weeks. The goal is to open up opportunities to at-risk youth.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse is asking that private employers partner with the city to hire young residents, allowing them to earn money and get job training.

"If you're an employer and you're a little bit nervous about this and you don't know what to expect, don't be, because this could be one of the more meaningful connections that you'll have," says Papenfuse.

PinnacleHealth has come forward, offering 7 positions at Harrisburg Hospital. The work will start in June, and the jobs range from maintenance, food services, biomedical engineering and the Life Team, with EMTs.

"I think it depends on the excitement of not only the individual, how much they want to engage, in the program and certainly Pinnacle, but also the department receiving them," says Paul Toburen, VP of facilities at PinnacleHealth, of the chances for longer-term employment. "And we're really excited about the program."

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