Bronx teens protest summer job cuts

Teenagers from across the Bronx and New York City gathered at City Hall Park Thursday to protest against plans to cut the Summer Youth Employment Program.

Organizers of the rally say proposed budget cuts could wipe out more than 35,000 jobs for teens, which many of them rely on to help their parents and save up for college.

"We need to stay off the street, build self confidence," says Sasha Morales.

Last year, the program came with a price tag of nearly $70 million, most of which was paid with state and federal funds. Program officials say proposed cuts would leave them with $25 million this summer.

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