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A summer job—whether bagging groceries, pumping gas, working in a warehouse or in my case on the family farm—was a right of passage that many of us took for granted on our journey toward a life-long career. Those summer jobs are harder to find today but there was good news yesterday.
Summer employment opportunities are now available to young people in Los Angeles through HIRE LA’s Youth, a partnership between Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, local employers and the L.A. Area Chamber. Over the past year, dozens of companies pledged summer jobs, and on Monday, the Chamber joined Mayor Villaraigosa, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and others to celebrate 10,000 jobs last summer and to announce the mayor’s new ambitious goal of 15,000 summer jobs for 2008.
HIRE LA’s Youth is a win-win solution for employers and young people. Employers have access to a pool of qualified, entry-level candidates, many of whom are graduates of the Chamber’s L.A. Youth at Work job skills program and have earned a Workforce Readiness Certificate. For employers, this certificate is a clear signal that these young people are driven and are gaining the tools to succeed.
For students, the employment available through HIRE LA’s Youth is more than a paycheck. These jobs provide the opportunity to develop vital skills and the self-confidence that will help achieve a prosperous future.
For many young people, summer jobs can mean the difference between life and death. As Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries often says, “nothing stops a bullet like a job.” A summer job is an alternative to spending days and nights with nothing to do but join a gang and get caught up in a world of violence and drugs.
On a federal level, the Chamber is advocating for a national youth summer jobs program. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) view local models – like HIRE LA’s Youth – as a tool to jump-start a nationwide workforce development effort. The Summer Jobs Stimulus Act would create 1 million new summer jobs for teens this summer if it passes Congress and is signed by the president.
Last summer’s 10,000 success stories would not have been possible without the investment and commitment of so many local employers. The Chamber acknowledges AT&T, Ralphs, Southern California Edison, UPS and Vons for their support and leadership.
But there is still much work to be done to reach the mayor’s 15,000 employment goal for 2008. Please join our efforts and take the first step by clicking the Summer Jobs button on this page. HIRE LA’s Youth is a good investment for your company and our community. Please join us today.
And that’s The Business Perspective.
Gary L. Toebben
President & CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
The Business Perspective is a weekly opinion piece by Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
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