1. 125 Western Mass. teens gain real world work experience through YouthWorks program | masslive.com

    125 Western Mass. teens gain real world work experience through YouthWorks program | masslive.com

    At the beginning of summer, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County received $1.1 million in state money for its Summer youth Works programs. The money was dispersed through the Valley Opportunity Council, Westfield High School, CareerPoint, and the New England Farm Workers Council.  It was enough to put 1,000 young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to work this summer across Hampden County.  At CareerPoinit, its share was enough to provide jobs for 75 teens, said Gladys Lebron-Martinez, youth service director at CareerPoint. Additional positions were funded by private donations.

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