Students rally at NY Capitol for summer job fund increase
Hundreds of kids from across the city headed to Albany Wednesday to rally for their right to have a summer job.
The goal of the rally is to secure more funding for the statewide Summer Youth Employment program, which offers many young people their first chance at a summer job.
Officials say the demand for the program is incredibly high.
The students are asking for an increase that would allow the program to expand by about 5,000 jobs and cover the cost of the minimum wage increase.
"The kids themselves will be doing most of the talking so for the last month. We've been going across the city training between 400 and 500 youths on how to have those conversations, how to tell their personal stories of why this program matters to them," says policy analyst Andrea Bowen.