(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Two hundred fourteen (214) young adults from low-income families have found summer jobs through South Florida Workforce's Career Pathway Compact Summer Employment Program. The program is part of the Miami-Dade Education Partnership unveiled by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez during his February 28, 2012 State of the County Address. Miami-Dade County, in conjunction with South Florida Workforce, is making $1.5 million dollars available for the program.
Among the employers who have provided summer jobs are AAR Aircraft Services, various Marshall's locations, ABA Travel, Frank Medina & Associates, One Stop Business Solutions, Pati Vargas Entertainment, Burlington Coat Factory, One Price Uniform, Holsen, Inc., Primary Source Mortgage, CMB Visions, Bird Road Medical Center, Lumana Global, Overtown Community Optimist Club, Excel Kids Academy, Vankara, Inc., North Dade Family and Youth Coalition, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Job Corps, Opa-Locka Community Center, and several Miami-Dade County departments.
The Career Pathway Compact Summer Employment Program was created to provide the opportunity to enhance young adults' work-readiness skills while also earning summer income. The eight to ten week education internship program will provide participants with entry-level positions within governmental agencies, local businesses, and community-based non-profit organizations. Program selection was done by lottery for candidates who met all program requirements. More than 3,600 young adults have applied to the program.
"Fostering home grown talent is crucial to growing our local economy and keeping talented young adults from leaving our community for career opportunities elsewhere," said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "The County is pleased to partner with South Florida Workforce on this special program because it develops and teaches work-readiness skills."
"South Florida Workforce's goal is to place at least 690 young adults. There are more registered job openings than young adults to be placed at worksites. We encourage young adults to continue to register. By affording young people the opportunity to work, they are gaining valuable work experience and new skills," said Rick Beasley, Executive Director of South Florida Workforce.
"The Young Adult Summer Employment Program provides and allows for much needed assistance at the center. They are able to make a real difference in our workload. The young adults are performing their job duties and are eager to work. I wish they could be employed at the center year round. I love the program and am very grateful. I think the program is the best thing that ever happened to the center," said Ms. M. Spann Taylor of Vankara, Inc.
"This initiative is great and this program has a positive impact not only on the participant, but the employer as well because of the amount of hours needed for staff to work. Marshall's plans to hire one of the participants after the completion of the summer hours," said Gino Vasquez of Marshall's located at 8700 Mills Drive.
For more information or to register for the program, please call (305) 594-7615 ext. 292 or visit http://www.southfloridaworkforce.com/w/youthSummer2012.html.