Hire Houston Summer Program Report Kernard jones

Mayor Sylvester Turner's summer job program links government institutions, businesses, community organizations, and schools to offer internship and job opportunities to youth ages 16 to 24.

Hire Houston Youth’s city summer jobs program provides opportunities for youth to earn while they learn how to serve the residents of the nation’s 4th largest city. Most positions are for 32 hours per week at $8.00 per hour. Youth may apply for opportunities in various city departments including Parks and Recreation, Library, Health and Human Services, Information Technology, Fire, City Council, and others. Successful applicants will receive job readiness training, a career development plan, and a career coach. Eligible youth must be between the ages of 16 and 21 by June 12th and live in a City of Houston council district.

Mayor Turner launched the program in April 2016 and had young people employed throughout the city in various capacities less than two months later.

Mayor Turner stated that, "Summer employment provides young people with an opportunity to gain workforce readiness skills, engages them in positive activities during the summer, and links them to long-term career opportunities, "An able and ready workforce is also critical to ensuring a robust economic future for our city. I am committed to providing summer jobs for our young people who live in the city and I call on our corporate partners to work together with the City of Houston to Hire Houston's Youth."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than a third of American teenagers held a job last summer, and their participation in the workforce is at a historic low. At the same time, 40-50 percent of large US employers report they cannot fill entry-level positions.

The summer jobs has shown to have a direct impact on the lives of students living within inner city communities in Houston. The jobs programs is federally funded and it is that money that is giving the city of Houston the ability to make those hires.

This is the second year for the HHY program. Fifty seven companies participated and 1,135 jobs were provided in 2016. More than 50 percent of the job candidates had no prior work experience and 50 percent had annual household income of less than $22,000.

HHY has been designated as a White House Summer Opportunity Hub and is part of a National League of Cities study on the best practices for educational and workforce development efforts.

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