McClinton lauds grants to workforce development boards to fund summer internships for young adults in Delco and Philly

HARRISBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Joanna E. McClinton is pleased to announce that the Delaware County Workforce Development Board and Philadelphia Works, Inc. will receive grants to fund internship opportunities for students and young adults this summer.

The grants, totaling $137,463 for Delaware County and $1.1 million in Philadelphia, will fund the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) and be overseen by each county’s workforce development board. The internship program will operate for an eight-week period from May 1 to Aug. 28, and offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. McClinton said SLIP provides hands-on working experience to young people as they purse a college education or start their careers.

“I am so proud of the work that the Delaware County Workforce Development Board does each and every day to enhance the lives of my friends and neighbors in the county,” McClinton said. “Philadelphia Works is also a staple in the city for workforce readiness and job opportunities for our residents. With these grants, the boards will be able to fund pivotal internship opportunities for young people in my district who are eager to get started learning about potential careers.”

It is expected that nearly 1,500 internships will be funded through SLIP statewide.

“Programs like SLIP allow us to build a strong workforce and provide a pathway for young people to get the real-world working experience they need to succeed,” McClinton said. “I’m excited for these workforce development boards in our communities to put these grants to great use in 2020.”

SLIP is funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and us administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The funding announced today is part of $4.7 million in grants to 21 local workforce development boards statewide.

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