The Khazei campaign has made “15,000 jobs” created by City Year a centerpiece of its first campaign commercial. I thought I’d take a look at what those jobs paid. City Year says “Your day at City Year will start early and end late” and describes a “sample Monday” with work from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm: 10 hours per day, 50 hours per week. Elsewhere, however, the organization writes: “As a corps member, you will commit to a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over a 10-month period starting in August.” Call that 42 weeks: 40 hours per week. A standard City Year stipend, according to the organization, is $200 per week: $4-5 per hour, based on the work weeks above, before benefits. (Current federal minimum wage is $7 per hour, and the minimum wage in Massachusetts is $8 per hour, for reference.)
Now, of course, Khazei himself made $315,000 per year as CEO of City Year, but, sadly, I don’t think 15,000 jobs like that are the ones he is talking about.
Erin explains exactly how City Year corps members (employees?) are compensated, food stamps and all, in this video produced by City Year. The $6,425 in benefits she describes (valuing 10 months of T-Mobile with unlimited texting at $500) pushes the total package to about $14,825 for 10 months, and the hourly totals to between $7 and $8.82, plus “limited” health care. If I have missed anything, or if the “15,000 jobs” the candidate referred to in his commercial were different that the ones Erin describes, perhaps the campaign or someone else who knows could set me straight in the comments.