"America's young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they've got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job. It's important for their future, and for America's. That's why I proposed a summer jobs program for youth in the American Jobs Act — a plan that Congress failed to pass. America's youth can't wait for Congress to act. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. That's why today, we're launching Summer Jobs+, a joint initiative that challenges business leaders and communities to join my Administration in providing hundreds of thousands of summer jobs for America's youth"
— President Barack Obama
Businesses, Non-Profits and Governments
Businesses can accept the President's call-to-action and make a "Pathways Pledge" by choosing at least one of the following three pathways to employment for low-income youth:
Life Skills: Provide youth work-related soft skills, such as communication, time management and teamwork, through coursework and/or experience. This includes resume writing or interview workshops and mentorship programs.
Work Skills: Provide youth insight into the world of work to prepare for employment. This includes job shadow days and internships.
Learn and Earn: Provide youth on-the-job skills in a learning environment while earning wages for their work.
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