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Career fair hopes to place part-time work for 100 teens

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Finding a job is hard for everyone with the state's unemployment at 9.5 percent but it is always an extra challenge for teens, Thursday's Youth Career and Job Fair hopes to make it easier for them this summer.

The Citizens for Safe Yakima Valley Communities and other local organizations are once again giving business leaders the chance to donate work and / or money to pay for employment to high school students.

The career fair hopes to place 100 teens into a part-time job working 20 hours a week, for four weeks. Businesses offer up the positions to qualified students, promising them employment for the summer. Some agree to give work with others donate money to help make the $685 given for that job.

In addition to finding work, there will be services to help students develop skills for future employment. Information about colleges and universities as well as what companies expect from employees will also be available.

The Southeast Community Center is hosting the fair from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 25. It's located at 1211 S. 7th Street in Yakima.

Anyone looking to provide employment or money to pay for a position should contact Patty Dion of the Yakima Schools Foundation at (509)457-0898.