City, Schools Launch Jobs Campaign
The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) are launching a “Summer Jobs Campaign” to encourage more employers to create summer jobs and internships for teens. The Fifth Annual Alameda Youth Career & Job Fair will take place on Thursday, March 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Encinal High School’s gymnasium, 210 Central Avenue.
Open to all high school students in Alameda, the free event has expanded every year to include more than forty employers, city-sponsored internships, trade organizations, educational institutions and a wide range of summer opportunities. A resume help desk is available for students who seek guidance on how to format or update their resumes. Students who bring a resume to the job fair will be eligible for a drawing to win a pair of Oakland A’s tickets.
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft created the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Honor Roll to recognize employers who hire at least one teen this summer. Employers are asked to pay teens at the city’s new minimum wage of $13.50 per hour, which goes into effect Monday, July 1.
The city and AUSD have also partnered on a marketing effort called “Island City Interns” to promote the creation of more entry-level internships, particularly for the more than 800 students enrolled the AUSD’s Career Technical Education pathways. These include computer science, sports medicine, marketing, early childhood education, digital filmmaking, radio broadcast journalism and multimedia.
The Youth Career & Job Fair is supported by AUSD, Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Their Families, the City of Alameda’s Community Development Division and Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan.
Employers and organizations offering summer jobs or educational opportunities can register for a free table at the job fair and sign up to be on the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Honor Roll at https://tinyurl.com/YouthCareerFair2019.