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Pathways to Justice Careers Press Release

Pathways to Justice Careers Seeks Applications

Utica, NY – Pathways to Justice Careers helps high school juniors and seniors prepare for post-secondary education and entering the workforce, with a focus on careers in the criminal justice or emergency services fields.

This program offers a unique opportunity for high school students to secure a paid summer internship with local law enforcement and public safety agencies, such as: the Utica Police Department, Utica Fire Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, Oneida County Probation Department, and Oneida County Emergency Medical Services.

Participants will be paid minimum wage for 70+ hours of summer work. The majority of participants will be placed in a Youth Police or Fire Academy. This is a highly supervised worksite that allows students to learn in-depth about careers as a police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician (EMT).

All participants are eligible for a mentor. This allows participants to be matched with a positive role model to provide additional support as they become young adults.

Pathways to Justice Careers gives participants the ability to gain valuable summer work experience while networking and building relationships with Utica’s law enforcement and public safety officers. This program aims to bridge the gap and strengthen the relationship between Utica’s youth and local public safety agencies.

Pathways to Justice Careers is for high school juniors and seniors between 16-21 years old.

In order to qualify, students must be residents of Utica. This program is funded by a United States Department of Labor grant and administered by the Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties.

Eligible students are encouraged to apply by visiting our website at or by contacting Stephanie Heiland at 315-793-6095


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