Michigan Works! and City of Benton Harbor joining forces for summer work experiences

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- Young people from Benton Harbor and the surrounding communities will have the opportunity to earn up to $15 per hour to help rebuild the city.

Individuals between the ages of 14-19 could be eligible for up to six weeks of summer work that would begin on June 27.

Enrollment is going on now and will continue until June 24 at the Commons at Benton Harbor High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Most of the work will take place in the city’s downtown area parks and other public places. 

Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad knows the value that this program will have for the city.

“We hope to put more than 110 young people to work in the city this summer – earning and learning,” said Muhammad.  “This is important for our young people, our families, and the continued progress in Benton Harbor.”

Michigan Works! is making it clear that individuals who experience challenges to education, training, or employment should not let those stop them from signing up for the program.

“We know that individuals may also experience challenges that feel like a stopping point, but our team can help,” said Erik Bergh, Director of Special Projects for Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren.  “Whether it be transportation, childcare, food insecurities, purchasing work boots, or other items needed for the job – we can help.”

Participants should bring a photo identification, social security card, birth certificate, and a parent to complete the application. 

Parents are required to provide income verification, their 2021 1040 tax form, and their last two check stubs.

For questions, individuals are encouraged to contact Corey Sterling at (269) 208-0683 or visit www.miworks.org.

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