NYC Teens Fight to Save Their Summer Jobs

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A whopping 35,000 teens in New York City may not have the summer job they worked last year.

During the summer of 2009, 52,255 youths had jobs as part of the Summer Youth Employment Program, which places teens in entry-level jobs everywhere from summer day camps to hospitals. Now, only 17,200 positions will be available.

New York's teens aren't taking this news lightly. Two hundred of them banded together to protest the proposed cuts, according to the New York Daily News. Seventeen-year-old Luis Munive says that not only did his job give him money for school supplies but, "It gave me better communication skills and helped my résumé."

Politicians have the teens' back, too. City Councilman Daniel Dromm had a summer job through the program as a teen and says that he knows "firsthand what these jobs mean to our youth."
Are job cuts necessary because of the economy, or should the state make cuts in other places?

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