Youth Employment Program

Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Annual Youth Summer Employment Program held its end of the summer celebration at Public Auditorium on Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland. Themed, “Water In Your Neighborhood-Past, Present, Future,” Mayor Jackson gave special remarks and words of encouragement to this year’s youth participants. The 2016 Summer Youth Employment program included guest speakers and presentations from youth employment groups. 

This year’s employment program empowered participants to learn the importance of hard work and valuable skills that will stay with them as they enter the workforce. The City of Cleveland Summer Employment Program in partnership with Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) exposes participants to various opportunities and training needed to succeed in life and information that will help guide them to make positive career choices. Students gained knowledgeable insight into job readiness skills and were taught first-hand, hands-on, real world and practical experiences to better prepare them for the future. 

In addition, youth participants also learned the importance of being better environmental stewards, giving back and contributing to Cleveland’s community. The Y.O.U. program is Northeast Ohio’s leading youth workforce development organization, which provides workforce preparation, job placement, and youth development programs to youth ages 14 through 19.

Photographer: 
Clare Walters