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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 10, 2007

Job fair March 10 for residents ages 14-25

City seeks to place 1,500 workers

Kansas City, Mo., residents ages 14-25 who are interested in paid positions (full-time, part-time, seasonal, etc.) can apply for the City of Kansas City, Mo., Bright Future Employment Fair.

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 8 at www.kcmo.org/youth. The third annual Bright Future Employment Fair is March 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium, 301 W. 13th St.

"Being able to connect young people who want to work with businesses that want to provide this experience is gratifying," said City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. "It is important to instill in young people a sense of respect for themselves and their community, and this is one of the ways the City is trying to nurture our young people and prepare them for adulthood.”

At the fair, applicants will have the opportunity to be interviewed and immediately employed. Former business participants 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.

Applicants are required to complete eight hours of professional development training before attending the fair. The Youth Advocacy Office (a division of the City Manager's Office) will send confirmation letters to applicants to inform them of their training times. Applications from middle school students will not be accepted.

The Youth Advocacy 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.

Young people and employers can register for the Bright Future Employment Fair at www.kcmo.org/youth. The deadline for young people is Feb. 8 and for employers it is March 2. For more information, call the Youth Employment Line, (816) 513-1276. 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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