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New York State Department of Labor

Urban Youth Jobs Program Re-Launches In Brooklyn with Recruitment Event

Program Seeks to Connect At-Risk Youth with Employment Opportunities

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Albany, NY (July 22, 2015) -

The New York State Department of Labor today announced that it will partner with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a not-for-profit that provides wrap-around services to New York City youth, to hold a recruitment event on Wednesday, July 22. During this event, at-risk youth can certify with Governor Cuomo's Urban Youth Jobs Program and participate in mock interviews with Department of Labor Division of Employee and Workforce Services staff. An on-site job fair will follow the mock interviews where the youth will meet with prospective employers.

"The Department of Labor is proud to administer Governor Cuomo's Urban Youth Jobs Program," said Acting Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino.  "The Governor has recognized that this is an underserved population and this program can help young men and women kick start their careers."

Administered by the New York State Department of Labor, the Urban Youth Jobs Program targets disadvantaged 16-24 year olds in Albany, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Utica, White Plains, Yonkers, Brookhaven or Hempstead.

The event marks the re-launch of the Urban Youth Jobs Program in Brooklyn.

Since 2012, over 2,000 New York businesses have hired over 18,000 young people through the Urban Youth Jobs Program statewide. In his 2015 Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposed the re-authorization of the program and $10M in additional annual funding.

The Urban Youth Jobs Program seeks to build a mutually beneficial partnership between employers and young job seekers. For businesses, tax credits of up to $5,000 are available. For youth, being certified in the program through the New York State Department of Labor provides access to job seeker services and opportunities.

The workshop and recruitment event will be held at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, located at 25 Thornton Street in Brooklyn between 11:30am and 2:30pm. The event is open to media.

For more information on the Urban Youth Jobs Program or to apply for certification, please visit http://labor.ny.gov/careerservices/youth-tax-credit.shtm.

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