Y.O.U. and Mayor Frank Jackson have partnered to add more jobs and create more opportunities for teens and young adults in Cleveland. It’s all part of the City of Cleveland and Mayor Jackson’s initiative to reduce violence and crime through the Office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults.
The City of Cleveland invested $500,000, matched by Y.O.U., to create summer jobs for Cuyahoga teens and young adults. The new jobs include the Mayor Jackson’s Neighborhood Corps, which employs 73 Cleveland youth who will take part in clean-up and beautification projects throughout the city.
The Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Summer Youth Employment Program was created from an initiative of Mayor Jackson to provide economic opportunity for Cleveland teens when he first took office in 2006. Fire hydrant painting was the first job offered to teens in 2007.
In 2012, a free course in Environmental Science from Cleveland State University was added. Students take the class for free and get paid to work on projects relating to topics covered in class. In addition to working and going to class, program participants will have the opportunity to discover Cleveland in a new way.
Today, Y.O.U. and The Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Summer Youth Employment Program offer teens a variety of jobs and internships.