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Youth Office partners to offer professional development workshops

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Youth Advocacy Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office, is partnering with the National Forum for Black Public Administrators to provide professional development workshops at 11 area high schools.

The workshops include application tips, resume techniques and mock interviews designed to prepare young people for the fifth annual Bright Future Employment Fair on March 16 at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St.

“The economic conditions are affecting opportunities for young people to get jobs,” said Thalia Cherry, the City’s youth advocate manager. “The difference between getting a job and not could be determined by how well prepared and polished applicants are, and that is the goal of the workshops.”

Applications for the employment fair are due March 12, and are available at

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.

For more information about the development workshops, visit or contact Thalia Cherry, youth advocate for the City Manager’s Office at (816) 513-1378.

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