Mayor Pedro Segarra has received a national award for his work in youth summer employment.
Segarra won first place in the medium and small cities category in the USCM National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge. He accepted the award Thursday at U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C.
“Since taking office in 2010, Segarra has invested regularly in youth employment programming, leveraging state and foundation funds to further expand work opportunities for young people,” city officials wrote in a news release.
Last year, Segarra helped secure $1.25 million that “put nearly half of the 2,056 youth in the region to work,” the city said.
Working with four other mayors, Segarra also “spearheaded an ‘unsubsidized’ youth employment campaign” that “resulted in a further 208 employer-paid positions,” officials said.
The award honors achievements stemming from partnerships between cities and businesses/non-profits that help provide young people with “meaningful summer job experiences,” the news release says.