PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The city of Providence says 650 youth are employed through this year's summer jobs program at locations ranging from Rhode Island Hospital to the arts organization AS220.
The youth are employed through programs administered by the city parks and recreation department and Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston.
Over 200 young people are working in seasonal positions at the parks department. Another 133 are working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, where they are supporting staff in delivering programs and activities, including building a solar-powered irrigation system and greenhouse.  
Mayor Angel Taveras says summer jobs give young people the workforce experience they need to find employment during school and after they graduate.
The program is funded by the city, the Governor's Workforce Board and the Department of Human Services.