The Summer Job League will provide a path for nearly 700 Kansas City youth to explore careers in high-growth industries, build on their resume, and earn a paycheck
Gov. Jay Nixon recently announced that the Summer Job League, a workforce development program launched in 2015, will again connect low-income youth and area businesses in the Greater Kansas City Area for summer employment. Now in its second year, the league will enroll 690 youth between the ages of 16 to 24 in the program to explore careers and gain work experience, while earning a paycheck.
“This is a great way for young people to experience a variety of careers as they chart a path for their future,” Gov. Nixonsaid. “This effort also helps employers connect with our future workforce and find the next generation of talent for growing our economy. It’s a win, win, win for all involved.”
“Research Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health, is proud to be one of the region’s largest employers offering many types of well-paying jobs, all with opportunities to grow and advance,” said Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Research Medical Center CEO. “The Summer Job League has helped us discover talented people we would not have otherwise reached for employment.”
“Magna Seating in Excelsior Springs partnered with the SJL in 2015 with great success. We had over 20 youth who worked in Quality, Materials, Human Resources and Foam Manufacturing, and several students were hired to our hourly workforce and one was hired as a process technician,” said Christi Rippy, Magna Seating human resources manager. “We look forward to our partnership again this year.”
In its inaugural year, 413 Kansas City employers provided summer employment to 1,533 area youth. Supporting businesses included energy solutions firm Sungevity and healthcare corporation Research Medical Center. To date, 96 businesses have already signed up to support the league and will be offering summer positions to youth in the area. The program will connect youth with businesses based on skill and interest as well as focus on providing emerging workers with experience into many of Missouri’s high-growth industries, including IT, Financial Services, Healthcare, Business, Bioscience, and Customer Service.
Youth participating in the league will be enrolled in accelerated work-readiness training at area career centers where they will learn soft skills and be matched with a business operating in a field of their interest.
The league will pay wages up to $8.50 an hour for up to 690 youth workers for a maximum of 240 hours during the summer employment period. Administered by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and the local Workforce Investment Board, the league is made possible through funding provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Youth eligibility is largely determined by household income and positions are for candidates that need these opportunities most. League candidates must be between the ages of 16-24, reside in the Greater Kansas City area, and be living at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Summer Job League builds on the success of programs such as the State Park Youth Corps, which provides summer employment for young people in state and Kansas City parks.