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Summer Jobs 253 Recruiting Tacoma Employers to Host Youth

The City of Tacoma, the REACH Center, Tacoma Public Schools and WorkForce Central are partnering to accept applications from local businesses interested in providing employment to Tacoma high school juniors or seniors this summer.

Employers interested in participating in Summer Jobs 253 can download the application or contactsummerjobs253@reachtacoma.org. Employer applications must be received by May 1 and can be mailed to the REACH Center, c/o Tacoma Community House, PO Box 5107, Tacoma, WA 98415.

The $50,000 in funding support by both the City of Tacoma and WorkForce Central, and a $500 employer contribution per student allows the program to provide case management, classroom support and wages for the student participants. 
Given that the $500 investment by employers entitles organizations to nearly 100 work hours, we feel this is an opportunity to expand organizational capacity and invest in community workforce development at a very low cost, said REACH Center Director Kurt Miller.

“Last year, the pilot program was a great success,” Neighborhood and Community Services Director Tansy Hayward said. “We have modified the program this year to make Summer Jobs 253 more sustainable and to provide more opportunities for students and employers to participate.”

Summer Jobs 253 is a summer youth program that provides an opportunity for Tacoma high school students to gain work experience and increase self-confidence and personal growth. The program was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors as one of five exceptional city summer youth programs that incorporates robust financial literacy components. 

For students interested in participating applications are available online or from their school counselor.

For more information, visit SummerJobs253.com.


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