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University of New Haven Contributes $25,000 to Fund West Haven Summer Youth Employment Program

Aerial view of West Haven

The University of New Haven today announced it will partner with the City of West Haven to fund the city's Summer Youth Employment Program.

The university will contribute $25,000 to the program, and the contribution will be matched with city funds. The program is typically funded fully by the state. However, this year, because the state has not adopted a budget, no funding for the program is available.

"We take great pride in our relationship with the City and with Mayor O'Brien and his administration," said University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan.

University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan
It is important to everyone at the University and in the City that the young adults living in West Haven have the chance to earn a paycheck this summer so they can develop important skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.

– University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan

Mayor Ed O'Brien

Mayor Ed O'Brien (photo: City of West Haven)

The program this summer will employ 51 teens aged 14 to 21 whose families meet income eligibility guidelines. They will work in city offices, schools, local nonprofits, and at the U.S. Veteran's Hospital. This year, the program begins on July 17. Since the program began more than 40 years ago, more than 6,000 teens have participated.

"We are grateful for the University of New Haven's generosity in ensuring the city's summer employment program will proceed as planned," West Haven Mayor Ed O'Brien said. "These positions are critical for the young people in our city because they help them earn money that can be put toward college or other important future endeavors. On behalf of the residents and their families who will benefit from this program this year, I thank President Kaplan and the University for being such a valuable partner for the city."