Mayor James Encourages Local Youth to Attend the Ninth Annual Bright Future Employment Fair and Resume Workshop

April 11, 2013 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Mayor Sly James invites residents ages 16 and older interested in paid internship positions to attend the ninth Annual Bright Future Employment Fair.  The fair will take place Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium, located inside the Atterbury Student Success Center at 5000 Holmes Road.

“Summer is more than just about having fun – it’s a great time for youth to develop critical job skills that will have a lasting impact on their future. For eight years, the Bright Future Employment Program has connected Kansas City’s young people with first-hand public sector work experience.  I certainly hope our leaders of the future use this program to build their professional resumes and prepare themselves for fulfilling careers,” said Mayor Sly James.

The Bright Future program has provided more than 3,500 area residents with paid part-time, full-time and internship opportunities since its inception in 2005.

“About a month after the 2012 Bright Future program, Swope Health Services hired me on as their I.T. Operations Engineer/Desktop Technician,” said Marcellus Stewart, a former Bright Future Intern.  “I have been telling my friends and co-workers about the Bright Future program, and encouraging them to sign-up.  This program was truly a great experience.”

The Mayor’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement will also provide a Resume Preparation Seminar on Saturday, April 13th to assist residents with resume techniques and interviewing tools. The workshop will be held at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center 3700 Blue Parkway from 10:00 am until noon, and is free and open to the public.

Visit www.kcmayor.org to RSVP for the workshop and for more information on the Bright Future Employment Fair.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact Roosevelt Lyons, Senior Advisor Office of Civic and Community Engagement, at 816-513-6576 or Roosevelt.Lyons@kcmo.org.

Contact: Roosevelt Lyons