York City hires local teens for the summer

Sean Philip Cotter
  • York City hired 25 teenagers to work for the city this summer.
  • The city will pay the kids $8.75 an hour.
  • The program will last two months.

For the second year in a row, York City's employing about two dozen local teenagers to work for the summer.


The city's Legacy Builders Summer Youth Employment Program will run from June 13 until Aug. 12, giving 25 kids a taste of a range of different parts of city government, according to James Crosby, the city's deputy director of housing services.

The program's all filled up by this point, but it was open to any 16- to 18-year-olds who live in the city, he said. One or two each will work in several different city departments, including the business administrator's office, information technology, the public works department and the mayor's office, he said.

"The kids work at government offices right here at City Hall," Crosby said. Martin Library and the local YMCA are also participating.

What they do will vary from office to office, he said. The goal is twofold: Get kids a job, and also give them a taste of local government, with the hope that they might grow up to be engaged citizens.

He said this year the city sat down with each teen to talk to them about their interests to help figure out where to place them.

The city has budgeted $60,000 from the Community Development Block Grant it receives annually from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, Crosby said. That's $10,000 more than last year, as they're paying the kids more: $8.75 an hour instead of $8, which was last year's rate.

The city also will provide some life-skills training, such as learning about having a bank account and budgeting for themselves, Crosby said.

The teens will work 25 hours a week, Crosby said.

"The kids are excited," he said.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.