A collaboration between the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, One-Stop Newark Works, Newark city officials hopes to give youth employment opportunities in the summer of 2016. Newark Community Economic Development Corporation CFO Kevin Seawright stated the Newark Youth Summer Work Enrichment Program seeks to make 3500 jobs available for the city teenagers. Participating in the summer employment program are local colleges, Essex County College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University-Newark.
The Newark Youth Summer Work Enrichment Program will offer six weeks of summer employment, starting July 5th and ending August 16th. It provides on-the-job training, lectures, financial management and college/vocational training preparedness programs. Hired students are paid the State of New Jersey minimum wage of $8.38 per hour.
Seawright has joined forces with banking institutions, Santander Bank, and TD Bank, to offer students financial literacy instruction. “This way, the students, and individuals can learn how to open their own checking and savings accounts,” remarked Seawright on his Twitter. “This basic skill is the foundation for financial success both now and down the road when they graduate and enter the professional workforce.” It is hoped hired students will learn valuable life and financial management lessons now and when they enter the workplace.
Enrollment for the Newark Youth Summer Work Enrichment Program went digital for the first time this year. Applicants must enroll online. With online enrollment streamlining the application process, in another interview Seawright remarked, “We have turned what is traditionally a six-week process into a 30-minute event.”
The youth will have summer positions are in government, educational and institutional sectors. Private companies and non-profit agencies will offer positions too. The city and One-Stop Newark Works are leading the program in conjunction with a number of partners, including Essex County College, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University-Newark.
As Newark Community Economic Development Corporation Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Seawright brings a fresh, contemporary perspective on the economic development in Newark, New Jersey. With financial management experience in the state and educational sectors, Seawright has insight into the framework for local, state and federal funding.
His experience with school construction and community infrastructure enables him to offer a broad perspective of economic development and budgeting in the public and private sector. Kevin Seawright‘s resume, background, and experience can be found at Facebook and Linkedin.