Distrigas Makes Major Donation to Summer Jobs Program

May 31, 2012
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Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. has been working Everett’s friendly, corporate neighbor Distrigas, to raise funds for the City’s Youth Summer Job Program in place. Carol Churchill, the Communications Manager for Distrigas Suez worked with Mayor DeMaria Jr. to help keep the program in place, and on behalf of Distrigas has offered a $25,000 donation. A $50,000 line item in the 2013 City Budget to help teens gain employment for the summer has also been implemented by Mayor DeMaria Jr.

“We’re thrilled to have a great corporate neighbor in Distrigas,” said Mayor DeMaria in a statement he issued. “I cannot thank them enough for their commitment to the city and in helping our teens over the last 2 years. Thankfully we can help some teens get a great learning experience.

“Distrigas is proud to support the Summer Jobs Program that not only employs so many of the City’s youth, but provides them with many of the skills necessary to obtain permanent employment later,” notes Carol Churchill, “at the same time, all Everett residents benefit from the community improvement projects that the youth undertake. It’s definitely a ‘win’ for everyone involved,” said Churchill.

Last year, over 40 Everett teens were hired. The same number is expected for this year, if not more. The program is essential for college-bound students who need money to help pay for text books and living expenses. The City’s Youth Summer Job Program is also a great tool in assisting students with real work experience and gaining knowledge that cannot always be learned inside of a classroom. DeMaria added that the program is also a chance to put the City of Everett on a resume, serving as a resolute reference in future job placements. Youth interested in working for the City can pickup applications at the Human Resources Department, 3rd Floor, City Hall.

Another summer program recently announced by Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Jr. and the Everett Recreation Department is the annual City Works Summer Youth Program, serving children ages 6-13. The five-day-a-week program operates from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., July 9 through August 17. Children will have the chance to partake in activities such as swimming, various sports, games, arts and crafts, a weekly pizza party, and weekly field trips.

The program is staffed with college students serving as counselors to supervise and oversee the children, and a nurse will also be on duty full time throughout the program, so parents can feel secure knowing their children are having a fantastic summer making memories and friends, with close supervision. Summer fun costs $100 per week, per child, and includes all meals. A limit of 100 campers has been set, with spots to be awarded on a first-come, first served basis.

Applications and handbooks may be picked up at the Everett Recreation Center, 47 ElmStreet from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pick up and drop off will be at the Keverian School. For more information call the Everett Recreation Center at 617-394-2390 or e-mail Samuel.amado@ci.everett.ma.us.