Jumpstart 2018 Launches
“When young adults connect to the value of employment, they gain self-confidence and new skills. The potential for life-long stability and community engagement grows. Everyone wins.” —CEO Kathy Sarmiento.
Creating community stability includes introducing young adults to the workforce. Studies show that youth disengagement drains communities of needed talent and puts added pressure on social programs and law enforcement. This summer, Job Training Center launched Jumpstart 2018, a summer youth employment program targeting young adults (ages 16-22), who have never worked. Thanks to several grants and partnerships, 20+ young adults are working for at least six weeks this summer in their very first jobs. Worksites were carefully chosen and participants received soft skills training beforehand. Most started their jobs in late June.