Published On: Thu, May 3rd, 2012

Obama Promises Nearly 300,000 Youth Summer Jobs and Other Employment Opportunities

In a move expected to appeal to younger voters that would be of vital importance during the November 2012 election, the Obama Administration announced that it would help lower-income youth find summer jobs.

The initiative is in partnership with the cities of Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco and is meant to add 110,000 jobs, internships and mentorships to the 180,000 summer work opportunities for youth.

In a joint announcement at Philadelphia’s City hall, Secretary Solis and Mayor Nutter announced that the Administration has secured additional commitments from 95 companies and non-profits, three cities, two federal agencies and the White House to provide the summer jobs. Employment opportunities include 90,000 paid jobs and thousands of mentorships, internships and other training opportunities for a total of nearly 300,000 opportunities.

“In January, we called on the private and public sectors to help us address record unemployment among America’s youth. Today, we are proud to announce that cities, federal agencies, non-profits, and companies from across the country have come together to provide hundreds of thousands of summer jobs and employment opportunities for our young people,” said President Obama.

“The Summer Jobs+ Bank and the growing list of organizations stepping up to answer the President’s challenge are important to maintaining our commitment to the next generation of the American workforce,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. “There’s no replacement for the dignity that comes with earning your first paycheck, and whether young people are looking for a job at the retail store around the corner-or at a national park states away-they now have one place to start their search.”

The President proposed $1.5 billion for high-impact summer jobs and year-round employment for low-income youth ages 16-24 in the American Jobs Act as part of the Pathways Back to Work fund.

The initiative, which does not require congressional approval, came after the Federal government and private sector came together in January to commit to creating nearly 180,000 employment opportunities for low-income youth in the summer of 2012, with a goal of reaching 250,000 employment opportunities by the start of summer.

Since the announcement of the initiative in January, nearly 100 more private sector partners in the US have joint the President’s challenge to provide summer jobs and other opportunities to the youth to build skills.

The Summer Jobs + Bank provide a single-stop resource for young job seekers to search for jobs and other employment opportunities in their communities.

Job Posting Partners include:, Inc.,,,,, DirectEmployers Association,,, JobOn, and LinkedIn.

In response to the challenge, many apps were created on several of the leading platforms, including Facebook, Google Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone, and web browsers. Learn more about these innovative apps here.

For a full list of commitments, please visit

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