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Youth internship program begins in Madison

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- The City of Madison and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County are working together to give nearly 200 local teenagers a head start.

On Tuesday, Mayor Paul Soglin introduced the City of Madison Wanda Fullmore Youth Employment Initiative, named after a long-time city worker who got her start from an internship.

Through this new program, 24 high school-aged kids will work with 17 City of Madison departments as paid interns this summer.

"I think during the summer months we have to make sure we keep our kids busy. We have to keep them engaged and at the end of the day, our kids are our future workforce. We have to employ them now and not later," says Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

Teens will be placed in positions that match their interests and will earn anywhere from nine to 15 dollars an hour.

Johnson says there is no reason the city and county couldn't put 1,000 kids to work next year.

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