July job expos bring out young jobseekers

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This spring, Mayor Michael Coleman charged COWIC, business leaders and community organizations to connect employers with central Ohio youth and young adults looking for work through the Youth Employment Challenge. At COWIC, there were two job expos, July 8 and July 22, held specifically from 16-24 year olds. Nearly 100 young jobseekers and more than 20 employers in total attended both events.


Kasai Carter, 24, attended the Youth Employment Challenge Job Expo to meet with representatives from L Brands about a position. She says working with COWIC’s S.O.A.R. hire! program has helped her to revamp her resume, and help her present herself in a more polished and professional way.


A’Moneaux Dalton found out about the Youth Employment Challenge job expo from his mom on the COWIC Facebook page. He says he had a good experience talking to several employers throughout the day. We hope he lands a job soon!

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Carlos Skinner of Teleperformance has worked with COWIC for years to find professional, enthusiastic, and well-trained young talent. At the Youth Employment Challenge Job Expo, he says he interviewed several COWIC-groomed youth and young adults who could have a future at Teleperformance.


Steven Jackson and Maria Padilla of CTL Engineering are hiring for two entry-level positions that could lead to long careers with the company. The Youth Employment Challenge Job Expo was the first time representatives from CTL Engineering worked with COWIC. So far, they are impressed: half of the candidates interviewed were qualified for positions.

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If your business is interested in partnering with COWIC to bring more jobs to youth and young adults, please contact Jo Youngs at [email protected] or 614-559-5052.

COWIC would like to thank all of the organization who have already joined the Youth Employment Challenge


Adecco/Honda Automotive Group

AMC Easton 30


Cardinal Health

Columbus Castings

Columbus Zoo

Community Living Experiences

CTL Engineering


HD Supply



MCR Medical Supply


The Ohio State University

Time Warner

ZED Digital