In an effort to better engage and provide meaningful summer employment opportunities to the disadvantaged and low income youth of our community, the Chemung County Youth Bureau,Department of Social Services, Health Department, Nursing Facility, Treasurer’s Office, Information Technology Department, Public Works Department and Buildings and Grounds Department through the leadership and direction of newly elected County Executive Chris Moss, focused their efforts on filling at least one half of their planned seasonal summer hires with youthfrom disadvantaged and low income households.
“Chemung County government has an obligation to introduce the many and various employment opportunities that are possible for some of our most vulnerable youth and provide them with a positive summerwork experience,” Moss said.
County Departments partnered with such community based organizations as Workforce New York, Catholic Charities, GST BOCES, Corning Community College, Elmira, Elmira Heights and Horseheads school districts, EOP, area community centers, public housing complexes and some members of the faith based community to identify and recruit a portion of its seasonal summer staff. As a result approximately 135 disadvantaged and low income youth 14-21 years of age were provided with a meaningful and positive summer employment experience.
The feedback provided by many county departments and their respective seasonal youth employees regarding this NEW county initiative was very positive. Chemung County Treasurer Jennifer Furman said “Everyone at the Treasurer’s Office was thrilled to have these students assisting us with our work this summer. They were very professional and extremely capable in their work assignments.”
Deja M. a seasonal youth employee said “I never had a job before this experience, so this was my first experience with employment. Thank you to everyone for making it a great first experience.”
“Our intern has been fantastic. Our intern and her supervisors want her to return to work for us again next summer,” said Peter Buzzetti, Chemung County Public Health Directors aid.
Chemung County departments will be meeting jointly with county administration this fall to begin employment recruitment planning efforts for the 2020 summer season and examine opportunities to improve upon its recruitment and hiring of disadvantaged and low income youth to ultimately cultivate a future county workforce.