Mayor Newsom Launches Summer Jobs for Youth
Newsom’s plan will create 1,400 jobs for youth under 18 years old
06/11/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today launched the Summer Empowerment & Employment Development (SEED) Program. SEED will provide education and training to inspire youth to become advocates in their communities. This includes job training, mentoring, attending workshops, a community service project, and supporting the City’s summer lunch program for children and youth living in public housing sites.
"Traditionally, summer is the time when the majority of young people have their first work experience, and SEED is a creative way to provide that opportunity," said Mayor Newsom. "Young people must have the opportunity to work, thrive, and to contribute to the vitality of the local economy, and in some cases their own family’s economic survival. Part-time work experience for high school students leads to more confidence in their abilities, better time management skills, and enhanced academic success."
Despite economic and fiscal challenges, the City will continue funding on-going youth employment initiatives. This summer 1,400 slots for youth under 18 years old will be made available via DCYF funded initiatives, such as the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) (675 slots), New Directions (220 slots) which targets youth engaged in the juvenile justice system, Workreation (157 slots), and Youth Works (200 slots), amongst others. Read more