Summer jobs for youth aren't just a way to earn spending money –they help build soft skills, confidence, responsibility, references, networks and financial literacy. Without these experiences, young men and women can find it even harder to obtain full-time employment later. This year, the Missouri Division of Workforce Development is establishing the Summer Job League, a new job placement program for young persons ages 16-24 in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area and St. Louis City and County.
Summer Job League participants will be placed in traditional summer jobs such as retail and local parks and recreation, but also in work experiences with industries increasingly important to the economic growth of Missouri. These include many vital to the St. Louis region –Information Technology, Financial Services, Healthcare and Bioscience. Best of all for participating businesses, the Summer Job League will entail no cost - the program will assume all responsibility for wages and workers' compensation.
Eligibility for the program is largely based on income;priority will be given to candidates that need these opportunities most. SLATE will play a central role in the recruitment and placement of local youth in work experiences that will lay a solid foundation for future success. Further information, along with online application forms for both interested youth and businesses, can be found at http://summerjobs.mo.gov.