Mayor James’ Office of Civic and Community Engagement announced today that over 330 youth participated in last weekend’s Bright Future Employment Fair. “This overwhelming response from our youth shows that they are looking for ways to build their skills and participate in positive activities this summer,” said Mayor Sly James. “We hear a lot of negative stories involving our local youth, but I want the community to know that the majority of our young people do the right thing and are on track to be great citizens of tomorrow’s Kansas City.”
About two-thirds of attendees were high school students while the other third were college students. High school students came from eight local public school districts and several different private schools while four different colleges were represented. Because of the significant interest at the Bright Future Employment Fair, and finite City resources for funding internships, Mayor James is encouraging local businesses to hire local youth for internships this summer. Any businesses interested in hiring an intern should contact Roosevelt Lyons, Senior Advisor Office of Civic and Community Engagement, at 816-513-6576 or Roosevelt.Lyons@kcmo.org.
This year’s Bright Future Interns will be required to volunteer throughout the community and will also have the option of attending weekly professional development seminars. The Bright Future Employment Program has provided more than 3,500 area residents with paid part-time, full-time and internship opportunities since its inception in 2005.