Williams' Statement On The Expansion Of Summer Youth Employment To 100,000 Jobs

February 15th, 2022

Press Release

"Throughout my time in office, I've prioritized and pushed for the expansion of the Summer Youth Employment Program — opposing cuts from each of the last two mayors — because it is among the most critical investments we can make in our youth and our city. Each time we secured more spots, it meant more young people who could earn both a valuable paycheck and invaluable skills and experiences. Finally reaching 100,000 job opportunities will essentially constitute a universal summer youth employment program, with every young person who wants a job receiving one, and I’m so glad that the mayor and speaker have made this a priority so early in their terms and in the budget process. 

"The Summer Youth Employment Program is a critical investment in public safety and a foundational part of combating gun violence at its root and uplifting young people and their communities. Data shows that the number one way to cut violent crime arrests among young people is a job, and today’s commitment will have long term positive impact on the lives of the youth who apply and on their communities. 

"I hope to continue working with the mayor, speaker, and Council to expand youth employment opportunities, including through passing my Youth Employment Education legislation, and opening new paths for young people in our city to thrive."

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