Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 3, 2010

Youth jobs program to hold forum

Event to air video by Las Positas students

Nearly 200 Tri-Valley young people were employed over the past two years in the Summer Youth Employment Program conducted by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation in partnership with Alameda County Workforce Investment Board and Las Positas College. Leveraging economic stimulus funding, this year's program targeted young people in families hit hardest by the current economic downturn.

"In the middle of one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, local businesses stepped up to give our young people summer employment," said Aaron Ortiz, program officer for the Foundation.

To celebrate the success, the Tri-Valley Community Foundation and the Tri-Valley Business Council will host a forum from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday at the Robert Livermore Event Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore. Participating students from Las Positas College produced a video about the summer jobs program that will be shown at the event, which will include officials from city and county governments, business leaders and educators.

"This forum will allow the youth and businesses involved in the summer program to interact with the community," said David Rice, president of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation. "We want to encourage more businesses to participate in youth employment projects like this, which help young people develop school-to-career skills."

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