Mayor asks businesses to offer summer jobs

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Bob Filner has scheduled a summit with local business executives today to get them to sign up with the city of San Diego’s summer employment program for youth.

So far, nearly 400 young people have applied for summer jobs through the city’s Connect2Careers program, but only 60 companies have agreed to hire them, according to the mayor’s office.

Connect2Careers, formerly known as Hire-A-Youth, has been redesigned to help address a job skills gap in San Diego and provide work experience to local young adults. The mayor’s office says the business community’s participation is the key to the program’s success.

Councilwoman Sherri Lightner said at a March news conference to announce the program’s rebirth that Connect2Careers will focus on San Diego’s major industries, such as the area’s biotech firms, as well as on tourism, the military and innovation.

“Connect2Careers provides a way for businesses to give back while helping to train our emerging workforce, which is critical to growing our local economy,” Lightner said. “You simply can’t compete in the global economy if you don’t have a world-class workforce.”

The city spent $200,000 in November to save the youth jobs program, which was in danger of closing because of a lack of funding, according to the councilwoman, who plans to attend the summit.

Job placement efforts will be focused on people 16-21 years old. Connect2Careers employees also will provide job-readiness training, as well as help writing resumes and getting ready for interviews.

Those interested in hiring a teenager or young adult can reach Connect2Careers by calling (619) 228-2945, or sending email to


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