Monday, May 7, 2012

Summer Jobs+ Bank is now LIVE!

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:

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