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Wrestlers honor kids in jobs program

August 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Over 2,500 teens were lucky to get summer jobs through the HIRE LA's Youth program. On Friday, teens joined WWE champs and other celebrities at an End of Summer Fair to celebrate their accomplishments. The End of Summer Fair had games, music, treats and information about taking the next step in their careers.

HIRE LA's Youth is partially funded by federal stimulus money. Even in a year of economic turmoil the program has been placing close to 16,000 young people in jobs during this fiscal year.

"It's really all about giving back to the community, because that's so very important," said Kofi Kingston, the WWE United States Champion. "Here you see so many faces in the crowd, so many young people following their dreams, which is what we did as WWE Superstars."

A total of 8,000 young people had summer jobs through HIRE LA's Youth this year. They worked at places like Vons, Kaiser, UPS and Best Buy, as well as in local community agencies.

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