In January, President Obama announced an initiative called Summer Jobs+. He called on businesses, non-profits and the public sector to increase employment opportunities for low-income youth and those disconnected from school or work.
President Obama announced, “America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job….Today, we’re 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 America’s youth.”
San Francisco City leadership and the youth employment community have eagerly responded to this call. As the summer rapidly approaches, efforts are underway to catalyze thousands of new youth jobs in San Francisco in the public and private sector.
On April 12, Mayor Ed Lee and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of San Francisco’s local Summer Jobs+ campaign
. “I’m calling on all San Francisco companies to take on this challenge to support the youth of San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “Creating meaningful employment opportunities for our young people today will set them up for success now and in the future.”
Mayor Lee also called upon City departments to provide leadership in the effort to create more youth employment opportunities through their support of YouthWorks and other programs. With the generous support of the Department of Children, Youth and their Families and other City departments, we are planning to identify up to 100 new internship slots for the summer session. We are actively working to identify City employees to serve as worksite mentors for these new internships.
For more info about SFYW go to www.sfyouthworks.org.