Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Fun Safe Philly Summer hosted the second annual Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair at Temple University. The fair offered paid and volunteer summer opportunities to youth aged 16 to 24. More than 300 students from schools across the city were invited to attend the fair, where they students attended a job and interview skills workshop and met with more than 30 employers and organizations offering job positions, volunteer opportunities, and related resources.
In addition to the event at Temple, Mayor Nutter kicked off the first annual KEYSPOT Online Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair, which runs from April 1st thru April 4th, for youth who were unable to attend the in-person Fair at Temple. Job and internship seekers can connect to the online job fair through KEYSPOTs (free computing centers throughout the city) or from a personal computer to access summer job applications and preparedness tools. The online fair can be accessed at www.funsafephillysummer.com/jobs.
“Summer jobs are a valuable building block to a successful career, placing young people on the path to success,” Mayor Nutter said. “Both the in-person and online Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair provide young people with access to summer jobs that will teach them responsibility, financial skills, and soft job skills that you can’t learn in the classroom. Ensuring Philadelphia’s young people have access to these formative opportunities has been a goal of my Administration, and I encourage young people throughout the city to take advantage of the tools available to them.”
Companies and organizations from sectors as diverse as arts and culture, food service and grocery, retail, recreation, and hospitality participated in the job fair at Temple. As a sponsor of the event, Wawa provided free lunches to all participants. Dave Filano, Manager of Talent Acquisition at Wawa said, “We are thrilled to partner for a second year with the City of Philadelphia to sponsor the Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair. Providing young people with early opportunities to thrive and grow in the workplace sets them on a road to success, which is good for our economy and our company.” In addition to Wawa’s donation, ticket vouchers for an upcoming baseball game were provided to all students by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr., Senior Vice President for Governmental Relations at Temple University, said, “Temple University is delighted to welcome the Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair to campus providing Philadelphia’s youth with the chance to apply for meaningful summer employment through a variety of employers and institutions. As an educational leader in Philadelphia, we understand the importance of summer workplace experiences for our students and encourage all youth to work or volunteer during the summer months.”
Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy for the City of Philadelphia, added, “The Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair is a great reminder that summer is just around the corner. Fun Safe Philly Summer connects youth and families to free and low-cost programs and activities, summer employment and information regarding free summer meals. Connect with us @PhillySummer to learn more about fun and healthy opportunities across the city.
For more information on summer youth programming options and for a full list of program start dates and times, call 3-1-1 or log on to www.funsafephillysummer.com. Follow Fun Safe Philly Summer on Twitter @PhillySummer or on Tumblr at www.funsafephillysummer.tumblr.com.