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National Heritage Area Newsletter

Posted: 2012-08-08

NHA Newsletter - TD Charitable Foundation supports Youth Summer Jobs

TD Charitable Foundation supports Youth Summer Jobs Program in Essex NHA

The Essex National Heritage Commission and the National Park Service are pleased to receive a $5000 donation from TD Charitable Foundation to support Essex Youth Summer Jobs program. The grant will allow for the hiring of three additional under-served youth to work at NPS sites in Salem and Saugus.

"Connecting youth to our local heritage and national parks is a top priority for Essex Heritage and the National Park Service," said Annie C. Harris, Executive Director, Essex National Heritage Commission. "And we are thrilled to receive this grant from TD Charitable Foundation to hire additional youth who will engage in educational and enrichment programs, while gaining valuable employment experience and life and leadership skills. This program is a successful example of the benefits of public-private partnerships."

"A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy," said Daniel Griggs, Market President, TD Bank. "TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank´┐Ż and the TD Charitable Foundation provide financial and other support to affordable housing initiatives, financial literacy and education and the environment, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families."

The Job Corps program began in partnership with the North Shore Work Force Investment Board with federal stimulus grant funding which underwrote portions for two summers. The program is continues with NPS funding with investments by Essex Heritage. The program is directed towards youth ages 14-18 as a first job experience. They rotate through a variety of jobs including maintenance, administration, visitor services and interpretation.

"Youth who excel in this program are hired as National Park Service employees and brought back to work season after season," said Michael Quijano-West, Superintendent of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites. "This grant funding enables us to hire three additional youth who will now be able to explore our national heritage and work alongside our rangers and staff this summer. This program provides essential job skills for youth and will help cultivate the next generation of stewards for our country's natural and cultural resources."

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