Summer Jobs Key to Addressing Unemployment Crisis Among Young Minorities

Unemployment rates among minorities under the age of 25 are particularly high. Graph Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, courtesy of NPR

Unemployment rates among minorities under the age of 25 are particularly high. 

Our dedicated readers may remember this recent post about inequalities in the current summer jobs market for teens. If you’re interested in learning more the unemployment among minorities under the age of 25, this recent NPR piece is a must listen. The piece highlights the long-term career implications of the lack of summer job opportunities, particularly for minority teens.

Here’s what William Spriggs, an economist from Howard University, had to say about the value of a summer job in the interview:

“It’s very important, and again it’s that network. It’s getting to know other people who work. It’s getting an employer who can vouch for you when you go to get another job. It’s having on your resume that you have that experience. And it’s understanding an industry and understanding what the opportunities are within that industry.”

This is why programs, such as the BBA Summer Jobs Program, play such a critical role in shaping the future of many of our Boston teens. Our students walk away with a network of professional contacts and skills that lay the groundwork for a successful career and future opportunities. Learn more about our program, which set a record high of employing 64 Boston teens this summer, here.

Image source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, courtesy of NPR  

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Posted on July 23, 2014, in Summer Jobs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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