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2013 National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) is proud to announce the first annual National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge, to urge mayors to create innovative partnerships with their local business and non-profit communities to ensure that the nation’s youth have a meaningful summer job experience.

A summer job has always been a rite of passage for youth and young adults as a way to develop pertinent skills, earn extra income for themselves and their families, or begin a new and exciting career; but a recent U.S. Conference of Mayors/Zogby Analytics survey found that two-thirds of America’s businesses did not hire any youth/young adults for the summer of 2012 and 84.3% said they did not make a (financial) contribution to a summer jobs program.

These survey results show that there is tremendous potential for cities, the private-sector and the foundation community to work together to increase the participation of our business sector in hiring youth next summer. The nation’s mayors want to raise the bar and partner more closely with every business across America, and encourage all of them to hire young workers every summer.

Registration deadline is March 15, 2013

Eligibility for Participating in the 2013 National Summer Jobs Challenge

Every municipality in the United States is eligible to participate. All Summer Jobs programs initiated by the city government are eligible, with the primary requirement being private-sector or foundation participation, either through direct hiring of a Summer Jobs program participant or financial support for a Summer Jobs placement.

Eligible placement includes any young person aged 14-23 in a city-sponsored summer youth job.

Registering is Easy --

Registering for the Challenge is easy – simply complete the online registration form on The U.S. Conference of Mayors website, www.usmayors.org by clicking on the 2013 National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge icon. The registration merely requires that you select a city size, provide the city and mayor’s name, a contact person with their full contact information for your Summer Jobs program, and a brief description of the planned outreach to your business and foundation communities.

For more specific information, please contact James Kirby, jkirby@usmayors.org or 202-293-7330.