Bank of America partners with Hire KC Youth to support summer youth employment

There are 31,000 disengaged youth in Kansas City who are neither working nor attending school. Studies show that gaining early work experience can pay dividends later on—there’s a link to higher salaries—and older youth have an almost 100 percent chance of getting a full-time job if they have worked more than 40 weeks in the previous year.

The goal of Kansas City Mayor Sly James’s signature youth program, Hire KC Youth, is to connect local kids to future careers and illuminate those pathways to boost work-readiness. Bank of America recently awarded a $55,000 grant to support a key aspect of the Hire KC Youth program—a summer pilot that includes immersive internships at local nonprofit organizations.

With a productive workforce in place, and providing employment opportunities for the next generation, we will enable communities throughout Kansas City to grow sustainably.

Gary Jankowitz
Kansas City market president, Bank of America

“Addressing issues that are fundamentally connected to economic mobility—like access to workforce development opportunities—is critical to building a pathway to economic progress,” said Gary Jankowitz, Kansas City market president, Bank of America. “With a productive workforce in place, and providing employment opportunities for the next generation, we will enable communities throughout Kansas City to grow sustainably.”

Mayor James recently turned the program over to KC Social Innovation Center to help take it beyond just city hiring, and to help private employers as well as public employers throughout the city put youths to work.

The Kansas City metropolitan area ranks as the nation’s 12th-highest population under the age of 18 (per capita), highlighting the need for industry and education to align resources and collaborate to create more pathways to careers and regional workforce needs. Hire KC Youth provides a web-based clearinghouse of jobs and internship opportunities for high school and college students and helps to democratize access for 16- to 24-year-olds seeking jobs.

The partnership with Hire KC Youth is an example of Bank of America’s ongoing commitment to preparing young people for a brighter future through job opportunities and training, leading to stronger communities and better financial lives.

9/26/2017

 

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