Bronx youth take to steps of City Hall to protest cuts to summer job program

Youth from across the Bronx and city took to the steps of City Hall Wednesday to protest Mayor Bloomberg's plan to cut funding to the summer youth employment program.

Approximately 19,000 teens and young adults citywide are at risk of not having a job this summer. That's because the mayor wants to cut $10 million from the city's summer youth employment program. The program helps provide jobs to people ages 14 to 21.

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller disagrees with the mayor's proposal saying that in the poorest neighborhoods, youth employment is only at 80 percent.

In response to the protest, the mayor's office released a statement saying, "Each year for the last 10 years, the money for summer youth jobs has come together at the end of the spring when Albany puts forward necessary resources. We expect that to happen again this year."

The program begins July 6. Youth groups are encouraging those who do not get summer jobs when the program begins to head to City Hall and protest.

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