Nutter emplores city companies to hire young summer workers

Posted: January 29, 2013

MAYOR NUTTER on Monday encouraged employers to hire 10,000 Philadelphia youth this summer as part of his Summer Jobs Challenge.

Summer jobs and internships "provide young people with valuable work experience, put money in their pockets and teach them the value of a dollar - regardless of whether a dollar is actually worth a dollar today anymore. That'll be a different speech," Nutter said at a news conference.

WorkReady Philadelphia, which is managed by the nonprofit Philadelphia Youth Network, organizes the summer jobs drive. The program served 6,000 city youth last year, but had to turn down 8,000 applicants because of a shortage of positions.

Those who wish to support the program can hire teens or subsidize positions at companies that can't afford to do so. Visit phillysummerjobs.com to find out how.

Nutter said that he will be making phone calls to employers who do not participate in the program.

"As much as often times people do enjoy talking to the mayor, if you get one of these calls, I would suggest that you're probably not going to be that excited, so do yourself a favor," the mayor said to laughter. "Call us first. Put up some jobs."

- Sean Collins Walsh

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