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For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2015
Media Contact:
Susana Cortázar

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust's Youth Action Committee presents Youth Internship Initiative (YIPI)

Teen volunteers are paired with small businesses to work part-time during the summer

(MIAMI, FL) – As the summer break begins for thousands of local public school students, several fortunate teens will experience the benefits of employment with Miami-Dade County this summer. Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) is matching youth from Miami-Dade County Teen Court with local small businesses and government officials to help address the growing unemployment rate among the county’s teen population.

MDEAT’s Youth Intern Partnership Initiative (YIPI) is a six-week job program for teens who volunteer with Miami-Dade County Teen Court. Several teen court volunteers have been paired with local small businesses throughout Miami-Dade County to work part-time over the course of the summer. The teens will become Miami-Dade County employees and earn the prevailing minimum wage rate as well as invaluable work experience and money management skills.  This is MDEAT’s second such event, the purpose of which is to address the unemployment disparities within the Targeted Urban Areas.

“The teens will gain hands-on experience regarding business and industry operations, and learn technical skills in the process,” MDEAT Executive Director John Dixon said. “The youth will also have an opportunity to establish professional contacts that will prove invaluable for future employment and career path development.”

Young people have been worst affected by the country’s latest economic crisis, resulting in increased need for better school-to-work transitional institutions, focused on reducing the risk of persistent and structural long-term unemployment among this population (Choudhry, Marelli, & Signorelli, 2012). Also, according to Rivero (2013), “A recent study suggested that younger workers, between the ages of 16 to 24, sustained a higher unemployment rate between 19% and 33%.” As the economy faces this global downturn, it becomes more and more essential for younger Americans to acquire occupational skills and training, affording them a better chance to seize future opportunities in the labor market.

On Monday, June 22, 2015, an orientation and match with employers is scheduled for teens participating in this initiative to ensure they are job-ready and are placed in a job that will prove beneficial to both teens and employers. 
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

For additional information on Miami-Dade County Teen Court or become a volunteer, please contact Acting Teen Court Coordinator Ralph McCloud at the number below and/or visit our website at

It is the policy of Miami Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call at least five days in advance

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Youth Action Committee (YAC
Youth Intern Partnership Initiative: Orientation and Match Day
June 22, 2015, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
The Black Archives/Lyric Theater
819 NW 2 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33136

Editor's Note:
You are invited to send a reporter/photographer at noon. A list of participating businesses will be available at the event.