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(Thurs., April 1, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the City’s Department of Community Services is inviting businesses from the private for-profit and nonprofit sectors to participate as worksites in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program, providing work experience employment to economically disadvantaged youth and young adults ages 16 to 21.


“I’m very pleased that the federal funding is creating jobs for youth and young adults to help stimulate the economy,” Hannemann said. “Businesses get to try out a young worker for up to 32 hours a week at no cost, with wages all paid for with federal funds. They may also get a tax credit when they decide to hire the young worker at the end of the work experience.”


Businesses interview and select the young workers referred by the City that match the requirements of their job openings. The City provides work readiness training and pays the young workers up to $10 an hour for 32 hours per week. The program projects to employ at least 100 young workers from May to November, 2010.


“This is an excellent opportunity for a business to give back to their community by mentoring and coaching a young person at their work place,” said Jim Tollefson, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and Chair of the Oahu Workforce Investment Board. “You are actively engaged in shaping the attitudes and improving the skills of your future workforce.”


Interested businesses should download the applications from and return completed applications to WIA Youth Program, 1505 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 216, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, Attn: Carla Harada. Please call Erick Pascua at 832-7823 for more information regarding worksite applications.




Contact:  Erick Pascua, WIA Case Manager, 832-7823