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Program offering 1,500 summer jobs to area youth

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ST. LOUIS ( -- Mayor Francis Slay announced today that STL Youth Jobs will offer 1,500 summer jobs for young adults living in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods. 

The program was first started two years ago and 200 young adults received summer jobs. 

Brianna Farrell was one of the young adults to receive a job last year. She worked at "Swiss American" and applied for another job this summer. Farrell said if not for the program being available, she may would have been at home doing nothing.

Not only did she make money for college, but Farrell said it gave her great experience. Farrell is enrolling at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the fall where she'll major in marketing.

"It definitely helps with crime and it helps give youth something to do besides walking the streets and being somewhere they shouldn't be," Farrell said of the program.

Slay said a large number of employees received second jobs at the end of the summer, many with those same employers.

Ninety-seven percent of the companies involved say they'll hire workers again. 
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