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Business Council Launches Summer Jobs Program

"The world is my oyster," announced one teenage product of a program that pairs youth with businesses looking to find summer interns and potential longterm employees.

Bolstered by testimonials from young people who got their first summer jobs and a kickstart in a possible career through the program, the fourth year of the Private Sector Summer Jobs Initiative was launched formally this morning in a full conference room at the Tarrytown House Estate.

“The world is my oyster; I can do anything I want,” said a very poised and well-dressed 19-year-old, Asad Richardson, who said he was a “product” of the Mt. Vernon Youth Bureau and this program.

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino was on hand to offer his name-brand endorsement, as were representatives from the Business Council of Westchester who run the program in collaboration with Westchester-Putnam Investment Board.

Watch the video attached of John Ravitz, COO of the Business Council, explaining the program.

“We urge corporations to join the growing list of businesses and service partners who want to help this initiative," Astorino said. "A lot of our energy needs to be devoted to selling our youth on the benefits of working in Westchester County."

Energy, that is, but not tax-payer dollars, noted Astorino. The participating businesses pay the summer job salaries with the added incentive of tax incentives in many cases.

Businesses interested in hiring at least one young adult aged 18 to 24 for six to eight weeks or longer can contact Ebony White of the Business Council at 914-948-2110 or list a summer job opportunity at westchestersummerjobs.com.

Youth are invited to enroll in the growing program, which after one-on-one interviews, pairs them with opportunities most suitable to their interests and goals. Youth can call the agency in or closest to their community. They can log onto  westchestersummerjobs.com for more info. They can also call or email the Westchester One-Stop Employment Center at 914-995-3910 and Allen Kelly at alk2@westchestergov.com


Participating youth agencies:

WestCOP New Rochelle, CAP

95 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Benita Hamlett, Case Manager

914-636-3050  bhamlett@westcop.org


City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau

One Roosevelt Square, Rm 307, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

Debbie Burrell-Butler, Youth Employment Service Coordinator

914-665-2346 Dburrell@cmvny.com 


City of Peekskill Youth Bureau

828 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566

Andrew Chappell, Coordinator

914-734-8418 achappell@cityofpeekskill.com


City of White Plains Youth Bureau

11 Amherst Place, White Plains, NY 10601

Patti Staffiero, Youth Employment Supervisor

914-422-1378 pstaffie@whiteplainsny.gov


SER of Westchester Council of Community Services

10 Pearl Street, Port Chester, NY 10573

Neiva Garces 914-681-0996 • 914-406-9718 (cell)



WestCOP Community Opportunity Center of the Tarrytowns

105 Wildey Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Amanda Kyle-Shaw, SYEP Coordinator

Kenneth Chamberlain, Job Developer 914-631-7340



Westhab, Inc

103 Elm Street

Yonkers, NY 10701

Mayra Gonzalez, Community Services Advocate

914-968-7627 x 109 Mayra.Gonzalez@Westhab.org


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