BRIDGEPORT — For the fourth year in a row, Mayor Joe Ganim has announced he will dedicate more than $250,000 in the 2020 fiscal year city budget to fund the Mayor’s Summer Youth Initiative.

“A substantial portion of this allocation provides youth with summer employment opportunities while the balance is made available to local nonprofits planning summer opportunities for older youth,” a news release said.

The jobs are open to people between the ages of 14 and 21, looking for a summer job. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 31. Those who apply will be interviewed and placed according to their interest to fill 125 available positions.

In a prepared statement, Ganim said the continuation of this initiative was important to keep youth safe and doing meaningful work.

“We are thankful for the partnerships we have built with local businesses and nonprofits that provide summer activities and give our young people the opportunity to gain real work experience,” Ganim said. “Summer vacation is a time that youth can have fun while learning a new skill that will serve them well as they grow into adulthood.”

Applications for summer employment linked to this initiative can be found on the city’s website by clicking on the “summer youth employment application” tab.

In addition to the summer imitative, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department also has camp counselors and lifeguard positions open. Youth looking to apply can do so in person at the department office at 7 Quarry Road in Trumbull.