Kansas City looks to strengthen summer youth employment program

Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ Summer Youth Employment Commission is pushing for 250 businesses in the Kansas City area to hire 2,500 teenagers and young adults this summer.

James appointed the commission, which consists of civic leaders and representatives from some of KC’s biggest employers, in November 2014. The group had modest successes last summer, placing about 1,500 youths in jobs with the help of a $4 million state grant.

This summer, the commission hopes to ramp up with more private and nonprofit businesses to “rally around the whole issue of youth work experience,” Full Employment Council president Clyde McQueen said Wednesday.

Currently, Kansas City lags far behind other major cities in the U.S. regarding youth employment.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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