President Obama announced a large-scale youth employment initiative today, unveiling commitments from a slew of major companies and business men to create 180,000 summer jobs for young people.
Dubbed, “Summer Jobs+,” the initiative will focus on serving low-income youth between the ages of 16-24.
Young people will be able to begin their search using an online jobs database within the next two months.
“‘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,’ President Barack Obama said in a statement released Thursday morning.
The administration says it hopes to increase the commitment to 250,000 jobs by the start of summer; at least 100,000 of those are slated for placements in paid opportunities and internships. The list of employers includes AT&T, Bank of America, Gap, Inc., Jamba Juice, LinkedIn, Starbucks, and UPS. For a full list of the employers, click here.”
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