Mayors Make Summer Employment for Teens a Priority

By Meade, Katie | Nation's Cities Weekly, June 9, 2008 | Go to article overview

Mayors Make Summer Employment for Teens a Priority


Meade, Katie, Nation's Cities Weekly


Facing what is likely to be the bleakest summer employment picture for teens in recent history, and against a backdrop of the federal government's failure to respond to this looming crisis, mayors across the country are working to increase the number of young people they can place in summer jobs in their communities.

Cities have promoted youth employment through summer jobs programs for many years. Despite tight budgets and difficult economic conditions, many local leaders continue to place a priority on summer youth employment by investing city dollars in jobs programs and working with local businesses to secure additional placements and funding.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley recently announced that the city will spend an extra $1.5 million dollars this year to provide summer employment opportunities for an additional 1,000 young people in communities with high levels of youth violence and low economic opportunities.

Under the leadership of Mayor Sheila Dixon, the City of Baltimore has made summer jobs for youth a priority through the YouthWorks program. Working with employers, community groups, foundations, state agencies and the faith-based community, the city has secured enough job commitments to employ more than 6,700 youth this summer.

"These experiences will help develop the proper work ethic, instill a sense of pride that comes from a job well done, and spark vocational interests that lead to building a career," said Mayor Dixon, "and we know that all our citizens benefit when our teenagers are productively involved during the summer."

In Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has successfully worked with local businesses, government agencies and community groups to provide 10,000 youth with jobs during 2007-08 as part of the HIRE LA's Youth Campaign, which includes a Summer Youth Employment Program for youth ages 14-21 administered by the city's Community Development Department.

"Early work experience generates a number of strong positive impacts on short-term and long-term employment and earnings," said Mayor Villaraigosa.

Lower teen pregnancy and dropout rates among disadvantaged youth have also been linked to higher employment rates for teens. Many also see summer employment as a way to keep teens safe during the months they are not in school.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Fewer Jobs for Youth Anticipated This Year

Summer employment provides teenagers with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and develop their skills. Many also depend on summer jobs to save money for college and other expenses, and to help support their families by supplementing the household income. However, recent economic downturns and demographic trends have steadily eroded the job market for youth, and many teenagers are finding it increasingly difficult to secure employment for the summer months.

A new report from Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies predicts that this year, the teen summer employment rate will drop to 34.2 percent. This rate would be slightly lower than the 2007 summer employment rate, which had been the lowest in post-World War II history. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Mayors Make Summer Employment for Teens a Priority
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.