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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 8, 2007

Employer applications available for youth fair

City seeks to place 1,500 workers

Local employers are invited to register for the Bright Future Employment Fair and provide paid positions (full-time, part-time, seasonal, etc.) for workers ages 14-25.

Free booth space is provided at the fair and the registration deadline is March 2; no onsite registration is allowed. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The City of Kansas City, Mo., seeks to provide jobs for 1,500 young people through this employment project.

"The past success of this program has caused us to try to reach 50 percent more young people than last year, to the betterment of young people and the businesses at which they will be working," said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. "In partnership with many local and national businesses we are highly motivated to continue encouraging young people to actively seek employment and learn skills that will serve them throughout their lives.”

Area employers can support these efforts by hosting a booth at the third annual Bright Future Employment Fair on March 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (set-up begins at 7:30 a.m.) at Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St. Participating companies will have the opportunity to interview and immediately employ young people between the ages of 14 and 25 who have completed a mandatory eight hours of professional development training. Companies unable to provide a paid position have the option of sponsoring a worker in a nonprofit organization.

Companies that have participated in this program include Wendy's, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, U.S. Bank, Greater Kansas City Boys & Girls Club, Palestine Freedom School, Blessed Health and Home Care, Uni-Guard Security, JE Dunn, Walton Construction and Saint Luke's Health System.

The Youth Advocacy Office (a division of the City Manager's Office) is responsible for coordinating this fair and other activities for young people that will benefit them in civic matters, academics, the work force and social events. The City Manager's Office has undertaken a comprehensive approach to reaching out to our city's young people and preparing them for success.

Employers can register to participate and young people can sign up to be a part of the Bright Future Employment Fair at www.kcmo.org/youth. The deadline for employers is March 2 and the deadline for young people is Feb. 8. Young people also are encouraged to call the Youth Resource Line, (816) 513-1377, to hear the latest news about opportunities available through the Youth Advocacy Office.

    
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