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CareerSource summer job program seeks workers and employers

TAMPA — With summer coming, CareerSource Tampa Bay this week put out the "Help Wanted" sign — not only for students seeking summer jobs, but also for employers who can provide the work while CareerSource provides the pay from a federal grant.

"This is a real-life work experience for these youth," CareerSource Tampa Bay chief executive officer John Flanagan said at the launch of the nonprofit organization's Young Talent Tampa Bay Summer Job Connection program.

The $1.6 million program aims to provide part-time paid work experience for up to 500 Hillsborough County teenagers and young adults from low-income families. Going into the program launch, 15 employers had offered 197 positions, and 289 applicants had signed up.

The jobs will run from June 10 to July 19 and pay $11 an hour in industries targeted by CareerSource: health care, manufacturing, information technology, and shared services at employers in finance. Job applicants have to be Hillsborough County residents 16 to 21 who meet income and employment requirements. Applicants will be matched with jobs at the end of a mandatory, all-day event at the end of May.

Funds for the program come from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and employers who want to participate can be private sector, for-profit companies along with nonprofit organizations or government agencies. Organizers say worksites are expected to range from local companies to schools, parks and recreation programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, libraries and food pantries. For every seven positions that an employer seeks to fill, it must have one dedicated onsite supervisor to work directly with students participating in the program.

"Although they're making a decent wage, the experience that they're going to get is priceless," Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger said. "This is a great opportunity for our students to explore potential careers right here in Tampa."

Contact Richard Danielson at or (813) 226-3403. Follow @Danielson_Times

To learn more

To apply for a job or provide a job, check Employers can call the CareerSource Tampa Bay Summer Job Connection employer hotline at (813) 397-2035 or email