Richmond neighborhood center receives $20,000 donation

Here is an early Christmas gift for the Richmond District Neighborhood Center: a $20,000 check.

The contribution will help fund its employment training program. The money, which is being contributed by AT&T, will pay a staff member to provide job-readiness workshops, manage a job bank, and incorporate classes on today’s job market.

“In tough times when everyone’s budget is tight, this gift is critical to preserving community services and education,” Supervisor Eric Mar said. “AT&T’s contribution will make a direct, positive impact in the lives of San Francisco youth.”

For the past 16 years, RDNC has prepared youth for jobs and also provided hundreds of paid part-time positions. In this economic downturn, young workers are disproportionately impacted by the depleted job market. The longer young people remain out of touch with the labor market, the more difficult — and expensive — it is to return to productivity.

In addition to the direct economic benefit to a household, youth employment is known to decrease anti-social behaviors and juvenile delinquency.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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