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Governor's Summer Job Hunt Program helps connect teens to summer paychecks

Posted at 12:50 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 14:50:47-04

DENVER – 2019 marks the 39th year for the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program. The summer youth employment program was established back in 1981 when teen unemployment was particularly high. Last year alone, the program helped place 36,700 young workers.

Know a teen looking for a summer job? Volunteers will be answering the phones in the Denver7 Call Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. The number to call is 303-777-7492.

Even in a great economy, teens can still struggle to find employers willing to give them a chance to learn and to grow in a job. Operated by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program helps match teens to jobs across the state. Young workers can also get help exploring apprenticeships and internships.

What kind of jobs are available? There are the typical teen summer job opportunities in retail, at movie theaters and working for cities in parks and recreation. But there are other opportunities that are unusual and often give the young worker a chance to explore an industry or put school learning into a real-world context. Two summers ago, several high school students got summer jobs with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder. Other unusual summer jobs include jobs in healthcare, building trails and designing websites.