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Youth work program set for North County

FITCHBURG - A program supported by six local organizations will offer jobs this summer to 83 at-risk youths and young adults ages 14-21.

The North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, Employment Links Inc., Montachusett Opportunity Council, Mount Wachusett Community College, LUK Inc. and My Turn Inc. will offer a summer jobs program for youths and young adults in the Fitchburg, Leominster and Gardner area. Participants will work with area businesses, nonprofit agencies and municipalities to find jobs.

To qualify for the state-funded program, participants must meet income eligibility criteria. Youths who qualify for the free lunch program in school are automatically eligible. Preference will be given to youth with at-risk factors, including: those who have a history of juvenile delinquency or membership in a gang, poor academic performance or are a high school dropout; are involved with alcohol or substance abuse; are or have been homeless; have aged out or are close to being aged out of foster care; are the child of a single working parent; lack fluency in English; or are an immigrant or a teen parent.

Of the 83 people accepted into the Summer Youth Works program in the region, Montachusett Opportunity Council will help to employ 53; Mount Wachusett Community College will help 16; the city of Gardner will work with four; LUK Inc. will work with five; and the Career Center will work with five.

The program will provide participants up to 30 hours of employment for five to 12 weeks this summer. They will be paid $8 per hour. Employers are responsible to pay for six of the 30 hours.

Young to speak on gay liberation

ATHOL - Allen Young of Royalston will give a brief talk and sign books Tuesday night at the closing event of this year's Gay and Lesbian Pride movie and book series in "the back corner" at Bruce's Browser, 1497 Main St., Athol.

The program, which includes time for questions and discussion, begins at 7 p.m. It is open to the public and is free.

Mr. Young will speak about the early years of the gay liberation movement launched after the June 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City. He became a gay activist at that time and is co-editor, with Karla Jay, of the 1970s books "Out of the Closet: Voices of Gay Liberation" and "Lavender Culture," by New York University Press. He has also written and edited several books of local interest.
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