New program looks to match teens with businesses and get them to work

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - There's a new push to get local youth to work.

Local leaders gathered at Parkway Drugs in north Utica Friday to promote Governor Cuomo's Youth Works program. The program trains youth ages 16 to 24 and then matches them with businesses.

Parkway Drugs is just one of the more than 100 local businesses already signed up.

"I hope it's going to at least give people their first job, that's the key" said Vincent Chiffy, owner of Parkway Drugs. "I think if we get people working in their first job, it's a good, either stepping stone for them to move on, or we've had kids come to us and it's their first job and after working with us, they talk to us and they say 'I might want to go to college.'"

Involved businesses receive a tax credit in exchange for employing the youths and then an additional tax credit if they stay employed for over 6 months.

Utica is one of 12 communities across the state taking part in the program.

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