Attending their second quarterly meeting for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Youth Employment Network, representatives from the San Antonio Chamber presented the latest progress on SA Works.
Participants learned about using intermediaries as talent sourcing and creating a shared proposition for all partners that participate in youth employment programing. Information was also provided on how chambers of commerce can play a critical role in ensuring the quality of training providers, particularly those that work with ensuring young people are connected to work-based learning opportunities.
Of particular interest to many attendees was the latest launch by JP Morgan Chase of their New Skills for Youth Initiative. As a part of this effort, JP Morgan Chase is providing $75 million dollars in investments nationwide toward efforts to enhance the opportunities for youth employment. This initiative will span five years and aim to provide career awareness for youth in America.
Network participants also shared the latest status on their ongoing efforts toward providing more youth employment opportunities. For example, the Denver Chamber of Commerce is focusing on opportunity youth in their community (estimated at 9,000) and working to connect them to employment opportunities in specific pathways as identified by data of in-demand occupations for the area. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce, both of whom are working on statewide initiatives, are focusing on innovation competitions and pilots launched in separate communities across the states.
For more information on the US Chamber of Commerce Youth Employment Network, visit the Youth Employment Network Page for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
For more information on SA Works, visit our website at www.sanantonioworks.org.