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(Friday, May 14, 2010)The Department of Community Services is inviting government and nonprofit agencies to participate as work sites in the 2010 Summer Work Opportunity Program to provide short-term work experience training for young people, ages 14 to 23 from June 14, 2010 to September 17, 2010. 


Its very important to provide employment opportunities for our young people, so they can gain valuable experience that will help them become hard-working, responsible adults, Mayor Mufi Hannemann said. I encourage employers to step up and participate, and I urge young people from low and moderate income families to apply immediately, as these placements are offered at a first come, first served basis.


The City plans to create summer jobs for approximately 400 youth and young adults whose family income is below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or who are receiving public assistance, supplemental nutrition assistance, free or reduced lunch, or who are attending Title I schools.  Participants will be paid $8.00 an hour up to 30 hours a week.


Participant applications are available for downloading on line at  They can also be picked up at the following locations: (1) Youth Services Center, 1505 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 216, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817; (2) Oahu WorkLinks Dillingham, 1505 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 110, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817; (3) Oahu WorkLinks Waianae, 85-670 Farrington Highway, Waianae, Hawaii 96792; and (4) Oahu WorkLinks Hauula, 54-010 Kukuna Road, Hauula, Hawaii 96717. 


Applications must be completed and returned to any of the offices listed above no later than Friday, May 28, 2010 at 4:00pm.  Late participant applications will not be considered.  Please call 832-7818 regarding participant applications.


Federal, State and City agencies and non-profit agencies interested in participating as work sites can download the applications from and return completed applications no later than Friday, May 28, 2010 at 4:00pm to the Youth Services Center, 1505 Dillingham Boulevard, Suite 216, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, Attn: Carla Harada.  Please call Erick Pascua at 832-7823 for more information regarding work site applications. 


Contact Information: Lei Nakamura, Assistant Program Administrator, WorkHawaii/Oahu WorkLinks, 832-7960, ext. 32