Teens in Haverhill are among those being put to work in their community in an effort to promote healthy living statewide. (WHAV News photograph by Jay Saulnier)
Merrimack Valley youth in the cities of Haverhill and Methuen are among those being put to work this summer through Attorney General Maura Healey’s seasonal jobs initiative, the AG’s office said this week.
Through the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs grant program, Haverhill and Methuen will share in $327,000 in state money aimed at funding summer jobs for low-income young people that focus on health and wellness.
“This program is focused not only on keeping young people safe and active during the summer, but on offering them a chance to challenge themselves and make a difference in their communities,” Healey said. “By directing the funding toward jobs that promote healthy living, we are aiming to tackle obesity and disease prevention in at-risk communities across the state – win-win for all.”
In Haverhill, the money is earmarked for the YMCA of the North Shore, while Methuen will see an influx of seasonal workers at the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council and the Methuen Arlington Neighborhood program.
The Lowell-based anti-gang violence program UTEC—soon to expand into Haverhill—also received funding from Healey’s office.
Those put to work through the state program clock in at their respective job sites from July 9 through Aug. 31.