Kevin Seawright Helps Local Youth Find Jobs
Kevin Seawright is lending his company’s support to students in the Newark area who are are searching from employment and want to enhance their skill set before graduation.
Seawright is the CFO of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, which has partnered with several local officials and the NewarkWorks program to help students find jobs for the summer of 2016 under the Summer Youth Employment Plan.
The plan will provide six weeks of paid summer jobs for students, which can help to boost college graduation rates in Newark communities. The Summer Youth Employment Plan will include lectures with advice on how students can be confident in the job market, as well as on-the-job training. The program also provides tips for college readiness, and teaches students financial literacy.
This is the first year that students are required to apply for the Summer Youth Employment Plan program online. Seawright said on Twitter he feels that this will make the application process much more efficient. He states that there are currently around 350 applicants, and says that online access has made the process much shorter.
One of the main goals of the program is to raise the number of student job openings. Last year, there are 3,000 employment opportunities, but Kevin Seawright is hoping that there will be 3,500 available slots for students this year. Seawright has also partnered with two banks, TD Bank and Santander Bank, to provide financial literacy lectures for students. Seawright says that this will help students to open their own savings and checking accounts, which can lead to money management and financial success down the road.
The Summer Youth Employment Plan program will run from July 5th to August 16th. All employers will pay minimum wage to the student workers. Seawright has told LocalTalkNews that he and his colleagues are proud to be a part of the event, and that programs like this give him hope for the city’s future.