Summer is still months away but the Obama administration has already launched a campaign targeted at employment opportunities for low-income and at risk youth. The Summer Jobs+ 2012 program encourages business owners, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide meaningful summer job opportunities to youth aged 16-24.
In his announcement, President Obama called upon Americans to do something to boost summer job employment opportunities at a time when Congress was doing nothing.
“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. It’s important for their future, and for America’s. That’s why I proposed a summer jobs program for youth in the American Jobs Act – a plan that Congress failed to pass. America’s youth can’t wait for Congress to act.” Source: The White House
If you own a small business, manage a nonprofit or make hiring decisions at the government level, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has setup a website to help you take part in the Summer Jobs+ 2012 initiative. At the time that President Obama announced this initiative, businesses had already committed to creating 180,000 summer job opportunities for the target population.
These businesses include H-E-B, JPMorganChase, Starbucks, UPS and Viacom. Government agencies like the Interior Department and the Department of Health and Human Services will also be participating. Nonprofit organizations were also behind this initiative from the start with Easter Seals and Goodwill Industries International committing to creating summer jobs for low-income youth.
A Summer Jobs+ Jobs Bank is currently under development. Once the site is live, youth aged 16-24 will be able to log on to the DOL website and search for a summer job opportunity in their area. In the interim, youth can register on the site to receive an email notification when the jobs bank search engine goes live.