Employment program addresses youth unemployment in San Antonio

Young people in San Antonio looking for work have limited access to the educational and fundamental resources for a financially stable future. San Antonio Works is trying to change that, combating youth unemployment and developing the local workforce pipeline by pairing students with summer internships across the city.

This summer, Bank of America partnered with SA Works and the Family Service Association to launch, for the first time, in San Antonio the Bank of America Summer Youth Employment Program.

The United States’ unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds is 9.6 percent, compared to the overall national unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s 20.9 million unemployed young people. This high percentage of unemployed youth holds long-term implications for the future of San Antonio’s workforce, a vital component of its economic growth.

The Summer Youth Employment Program combines the backing of community leaders with the City of San Antonio’s continued support to give 18 students paid internships with local nonprofits such as SA2020, the San Antonio Museum of Art, LiftFund and San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE), among others.

“When we connect young people facing barriers to employment to internships and summer jobs, we create brief but meaningful opportunities for them to gain real-world skills, training, and professional growth and development,” said Vince Fertitta, San Antonio market president, Bank of America. “The bank is proud to be a partner with nonprofits like SA Works and support the impact they have in the community.”

The internships allow students to participate in meetings, plan and staff events, and develop and conduct presentations. They also learn how these mission-driven organizations support the community with needed resources, all while gaining the opportunity to budget their money as they earn paychecks and plan for the future.


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