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Fifth annual Bright Future Employment Fair to be March 16

Kansas City, Mo., residents ages 15-22 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 until March 1 at

The fifth annual employment fair is March 16 from 7:45 a.m. until noon at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St.

“Companies are being more careful about hiring in this economy, and the pre-screening process we perform helps ensure candidates will be a good fit from day one,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. “If we can continue to find quality positions for our young people, the entire City will benefit from a more educated, developed work force.”

Applicants will have the opportunity to be interviewed and immediately hired by the more than 90 companies and City departments. Nearly 3,000 young people have been employed in the four years of the program.

The employment fair is sponsored by the City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, JE Dunn Construction Co., the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Channel 9 and Walton Construction.

The Youth Advocacy office strategically uses resources to focus on innovative initiatives directed toward young people in all fifteen school districts that draw students from Kansas City, Mo. More than 60 projects, initiatives and programs were instituted in 2008 translating an investment of return of $13.69 for every $1 spent toward young people in Kansas City.

Young people and employers can register for the Bright Future Employment Fair at The deadline for young people is March 1 and for employers it is March 12.

Media inquiries about these issues should be addressed to Thalia Cherry, youth advocate in the City Manager's Office, (816) 513-1378.

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