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Biogen Idec and Just-A-Start Announce Program To Help Unemployed Teens

CAMBRIDGE – Biogen Idec and Just-A-Start are collaborating on a program to address the problem of teenage unemployment during the summer in the Cambridge community.

Biogen Idec has committed $18,000 to Just-A-Start to fund youth programming that will match a dozen teenagers between the age of 16 and 19 with job placements at local non-profit organizations.

“Biogen Idec is a true supporter of the Cambridge community and acts such as these show that the company really does care about the well-being of young adults and the non-profit community also,” said Deborah Ruhe, executive director of Just-A-Start. “We’re thankful of Biogen Idec’s support of Cambridge youth and support of Just-A-Start.”

Through its youth programming, JAS will identify Cambridge teenagers between the ages of 16-9 and prospective employers for job placements. The placements will be for six to seven weeks, beginning July 7th.  Most positions will be for 25 hours per week at $8.25 per hour.  Just-A-Start staff will provide program support to both the teenagers and the employers.

“Building strong communities is a foundation of Biogen Idec’s corporate philanthropic philosophy,”  said Chris Barr, associated director of community relations for Biogen Idec. “Providing an opportunity for local teens to gain meaningful employment experience, while impacting their communities in a positive way benefits everyone.”

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