Summer Jobs 253 program nets $20,000 State Farm grant

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The City of Tacoma has received a $20,000 grant from State Farm Insurance in support of this year’s Summer Jobs 253 program. The program connects Tacoma high school juniors and seniors with employers in the local area. Through the program, each student is paid for up to 120 hours of work, while earning high school credits, gaining professional skills, increasing financial literacy, and participating in a variety of unique training opportunities. 

“State Farm has always been a good community partner and we, along with our other partners at WorkForce Central, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Community College, The REACH Center and Tacoma Community House, thank them for their support of Summer Jobs 253,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “This grant funding will help with our ongoing efforts to develop Tacoma’s workforce and, through our continued refinement of this important program, provide Tacoma’s youth with access to quality opportunities.”

“State Farm is proud to support Summer Jobs 253, so students can participate in an employment program that helps them develop important skills and good work habits.  Investing in today’s youth, is an investment in their future and in the future of our community,” said State Farm spokesperson Ty Cordova.

Piloted in 2013 with just 50 students, Summer Jobs 253 has served a total of 753 students to date. 75 employers participated in the 2017 program year, and employer placements are still being accepted for the 2018 program year.

More information is available at summerjobs253.com.

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