As kids grow into teens and young adults, parents and leaders may wonder what they can do to prepare their young loved ones for the responsibilities of adulthood. One of the most important life skills they can teach is the ability to find and keep a job.
“Mayor Hogsett is interested in helping young people start out on a path to economic success: the ABCs, A job, a Better job, a Career start with a summer job in high school,” said Beth White, executive director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. She continued, “ProjectIndy is the “A” in the ABC continuum – it is a way to start on a path to economic success. Once you find a job and have some experience, you are in a much better position to find a better job and think about what your career might look like. Everyone needs a place to start.”
ProjectIndy.net is an online portal created by the Mayor’s office, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, EmployIndy and other community partners that allows youth to engage with local employers who are willing to hire young individuals.
Beth Bowling, manager of youth initiatives for EmployIndy, supports ProjectIndy and a number of other efforts, including Jobs for America’s Graduates, Youth Employment Services, YouthBuild Indy, YouthWorks Indy and Opportunity Youth Providers. These programs help youth acquire the skills and education they need to continue down productive career paths.