Summer jobs program getting a jump on signing up Philly employers

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Summer may seem a long way off, but Philadelphia is recruiting employers now to provide summer jobs for teens.

More than 10,000 youth had slots through Philadelphia’s summer jobs program this year. Taking part in the program is a good way to secure extra summer help, while giving teens an opportunity to build a foundation for future jobs, said Mike DiBerardinis, city managing director.

“If you don’t have the opportunity to work, you are going to find it tough to learn how to work,” he said. “If you don’t have a mentor or supervisor or a place to bring you in and help you learn how to work, your chances to work go way down.”

Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, said the organization is pressing employers now for commitments.

“Our city is full of talent, of opportunity,” she said. “What threatens the growth and sustainability of that talent are poverty and inequity.”

Mayor Jim Kenney has lauded the program as a great way to help a young man or woman prepare for the future.

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