Last week the US Dept. of Labor announced that its centralized database of seasonal opportunities for youth, called Summer Jobs+, has gone live. Summer Jobs+ is the result of a White House "call-to-action" convening held in January 2012 (and attended by JFNYC's own Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham) that brought together business, non-profit, and government leaders to discuss how to increase pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012.
The Summer Jobs+ initiative asks businesses to choose at least one of the following three pathways to employment for low-income youth:
- Life Skills: Provide youth work-related soft skills, such as communication, time management and teamwork, through coursework and/or experience. This includes resume writing or interview workshops and mentorship programs.
- Work Skills: Provide youth insight into the world of work to prepare for employment. This includes job shadow days and internships.
- Learn and Earn: Provide youth on-the-job skills in a learning environment while earning wages for their work.
The Summer Jobs+ Bank is not a separate job listing site, per se, but rather collates job openings from online job banks and participating corporate websites through a custom Google search to enable finding open positions in one convenient location. Try it out below: