Kevin Seawright is the Chief Financial Officer, CFO, for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation. Summer of 2016 will quickly be upon us and Seawright is ensuring that the Newark Community Development Corporation has an integral role in finding employment for local teenagers. Jobs build character and having one during the summer instead of goofing off will surely teach these kids the responsibility they will need once they become adults.
It is going to be called the Summer Youth Employment Plan. During six weeks out of these kids’ summers they will receive paid work experience, job training, lectures of empowerment, and most importantly programs that help with college readiness. This year, youth is being encouraged to apply online. A new process that Seawright believes has expedited the program fairly well.
The new online application process has already provided the Summer Youth Employment Plan with 350 applicants. Seawright states to WorldClassMagazines that they have turned a six week ordeal into a 30 minute session. Last year, the Summer Youth Employment Plan was able to reel in nearly 3,000 summer jobs for teens. It is their hope to bypass that this year with a goal of 3,500 jobs.
Something unique to the program is the involvement of two local banks. Santander Bank and TD Bank are going to be providing financial literacy to the students. This will help them many years down the road when they join the adult professional work force. The Summer Youth Employment Plan is going to start on July 5th and run through August 16th. Participants will be paid minimum wage and receive the priceless experience of what it is like to be apart of the work force firsthand.
Seawright told on Twitter he believes the program he and his co workers created brings hope to the city. They are extremely proud to provide this opportunity to local youth. This article was originally written for KIIITV and can be read here.