Mayor Ed Lee announced today that his office will partner with United Way in an attempt to generate summer jobs for San Franciscans aged 14 – 24. The partnership, called Summer Jobs+ 2014, will serve as a link between local employers and youth.
This is the third summer that the mayor has made such a push for youth employment. In previous years, the city has exceeded its goals for summer jobs; in 2012, it surpassed its goal by 204 job placements and in 2013, it surpassed its goal by 817 placements. This year, the goal is set for 7,000 youth to be placed in summer jobs, paid internships or paid job training.
“Last year, we worked together and exceeded our own aggressive goal and placed more than 6,800 young adults in jobs and paid internships. This year, we are setting an even more ambitious goal. We need to continue investing in programs that strengthen our youth workforce, especially for our low-income and disadvantaged youth,” said Mayor Ed Lee in a statement.
The Summer Jobs+ program is being funded by JP Morgan Chase, PG&E, Citi Foundation, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and other funders. Several companies have already signed on to hire youth from the program, including California Academy of Sciences, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Kaiser Permanente, Advent Software, Enterprise, Target and UCSF.
Nationally, the unemployment rate for youth eligible for Summer Jobs+ 2014 is 12.8 percent. San Francisco's overall unemployment rate is 5.3 percent.