Finding Jobs For Low-Income Teens
A Sacramento group is trying to reduce youth violence by helping low-income teens get jobs.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Sacramento Area Congregations Together, also known as ACT, is working to find jobs for 150 teens from low-income, high-violence, areas of the city.
Alli Swan with ACT says that’s after teens were surveyed and said joblessness was their top concern:
We really felt that if we could provide more positive opportunities for youth, provide them hope, provide them skills, then that would eventually help decrease youth violence.
Swan says at the beginning of the year, state and local politicians will hold breakfast meetings with Sacramento employers to urge them to hire teens. Then eligible teenagers will go through an employment boot camp in March, to teach them skills like how to dress and act on the job, so they will be ready for summer hire.