With the mountains of Denver in the background, your Chamber along with representatives from across the country, met to finalize reports on their respective efforts in the area of Youth Employment. We have been one of five chambers participating in a two-year long program focused on increasing youth employment opportunities in the U.S.
“With youth unemployment at historic highs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) has launched this network to ensure young people have a clear path to employment and the necessary skills required for their success,” said Cheryl Oldham, Vice President of the USCCF Center for Education and Workforce. “It’s critical that the business community plays a leading role in developing programs that meet the needs of industry and support young people in acquiring the skills needed in the marketplace.”
Throughout the program, network members focused on implementing strategies that focused on closing the skills gap by developing customized ways for the private sector to develop young talent as part of its overall business strategy for workforce and economic growth.
Highlighting the efforts of SA Works, Goodwill Industries, and other partners in the community, the Chamber has worked to help enhance opportunities for employers to engage in the career development of San Antonio’s young people. Focusing on opportunities like internships/apprenticeships, career awareness tools, and educator externships, the Chamber is committed to bringing more employers to the table when these opportunities arise.