Milwaukee’s Summer Jobs Program Grows Despite Funding Falloff

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Milwaukee's Department of Public Works

Photos courtesy of Milwaukee Department of City Development

Summer youth employment interns work with Milwaukee's Department of Public Works to clean city neighborhoods as part of the city's Earn & Learn program

When Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett calls local employers and foundation leaders to drum up support for “Earn & Learn” — a summer jobs program he launched a decade ago — he speaks in plain terms about the benefits of providing young people the chance to work.

Despite an overall decline in federal funding for summer jobs programs, Milwaukee’s Earn & Learn program — which links young people to employers that range from the local power company to powerhouse law firms — has done more than just stay afloat. It has also grown to serve more young people than ever in its 10-year history . . .

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