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Hundreds of teens from across the state marched from Copley Square to Statehouse on Thursday.

Hundreds of teens from across the state marched from Copley Square to Statehouse on Thursday.

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BOSTON (AP) – Hundreds of young people from around Massachusetts have converged on the Statehouse to demand that funds for youth jobs programs be kept intact despite the state’s budget problems.

Members of the Youth Jobs Coalition called on legislators to include money for summer jobs programs in a supplemental budget for the fiscal year ending July 1, and to support Gov. Deval Patrick’s request for $8.4 million for the next fiscal year.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

Patrick praised the youth for their efforts with state government while also urging them to pressure the business community. He told the gathering that the vast majority of jobs exist in the private sector, not the public sector.

Several teens said getting a job helped them stay out of trouble, stay in school and help their families make ends meet.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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