White House initiative could connect youth with Boston jobs
Posted on January 16, 2012
The White House has announced a bold new initiative that aims to connect teens with Boston jobs.
Summer Jobs+ is a new call to action for businesses, non-profits, and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012.
Americas young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure theyve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job. Its important for their future, and for Americas. Thats why I proposed a summer jobs program for youth in the American Jobs Act a plan that Congress failed to pass. Americas youth cant wait for Congress to act. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. Thats why today, were launching Summer Jobs+, a joint initiative that challenges business leaders and communities to join my Administration in providing hundreds of thousands of summer jobs for Americas youth, said President Obama.
The President proposed $1.5 billion for high-impact summer jobs and year-round employment for low-income youth ages 16-24 in the American Jobs Act as part of the Pathways Back to Work fund.
While young people who are currently disconnected from school or work are not contributing to our economy, we see these young people as Opportunity Youth because of the untapped potential they bring to the Nation. Today, the White House challenged all sectors to go all-in and work together in creating pathways to youth employment. Summer jobs are an important step and to stay on the path to success, Opportunity Youth need social supports and access to relevant education, mentoring and training. This spring, the White House Council for Community Solutions will participate in community discussions nationwide to learn from best efforts by youth, families, government, business, educators, and nonprofits to connect young people to meaningful career opportunities, said Patty Stonesifer,Chair of the White House Council for Community Solutions (WHCCS).