Join Us for Columbus’ Youth Employment Challenge

colemanOn Wednesday, May 20th, Mayor Michael B. Coleman joined COWIC President Suzanne Coleman Tolbert and Raising Cane’s CPO Elizabeth Dennis to announce the Youth Employment Challenge to urge local employers to hire teens and young adults ages 16-24.

“There are many young people in our city who want to work but cannot find employment,” said Mayor Coleman. “We must all come together and offer resources that contribute to the overall success of our youth and our city.”

The Columbus Region has more than 20,000 “opportunity youth” or teens and young adults aged 16-24 who are out of school and unemployed. As the region’s workforce investment partner, COWIC has received more than 4,000 applications from young people ready to work. But with only 1,200 job openings identified for so far, more employers are needed. Mayor Coleman believes the business sector can offer fulltime, parttime and seasonal positions year round to fill the jobs gap.

The Columbus Partnership, Columbus Chamber, Columbus 2020, Experience Columbus, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Human Service Chamber and local labor unions are also encouraging member businesses and organizations to take part in the Youth Employment Challenge.

Why hire?
As a Youth Employment Challenge partner you will:
• Have access to a large pool of qualified candidates
• Hire young adults that have successfully completed
workforce readiness training
• Make a positive measurable impact in the lives of our next
generation of leaders
• Prepare the emerging workforce to support your company
or organization in the future

To take the challenge, click here,

or contact Jo Youngs at 614-583-1333 or [email protected].

Read more stories in our 2015 Spring Newsletter