“There is no better social program than a job.”

-Mayor Sly James

Hire KC Youth is the signature youth employment program from Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James.  Formerly known as Bright Futures, in 2014 Mayor James and a 16-person Summer Youth Employment Commission, comprised of leading industry professionals, gave the program a new name with the hope that it would inspire industry to hire KC kids in greater numbers.  Historically, the city employed 80-100 youth each summer across a number of city agencies, including Parks & Recreation.

How can we double our impact in 2017 and set up more young people for greater levels of success?  How can we continue to scale it, and create a robust tool for inclusively and equitably developing young talent?

That is where we are today, launching a pilot that will help us expand upon Mayor James’ vision, and take Hire KC Youth from a City Hall program to a citywide initiative. The next generation of Hire KC Youth, now managed by KC Social Innovation Center (KCSIC), in partnership with the Full Employment Council (FEC), is bringing new and innovative approaches to youth employment around a set of guiding principles.

  • We believe that access to opportunity is an imperative for all youth.
  • We believe that success comes from collaboration with cross-sector partners from around the KC region.
  • We pledge to this collective to respect the expertise and perspectives of all stakeholders, including the young people that are served.
  • We honor the responsibility that we have been given and understand how important it is to the future of the city that we love.
  • We are determined to incorporate innovation into our strategies to advance the work.
  • We will relentlessly pursue excellence in all that we do.
  • We believe that 100% participation from the community is attainable goal.

The goals of the new citywide initiative are:

  • Double the number of internships
  • Connect more kids to summer jobs
  • Measure citywide impact and youth hiring
  • Centralize access to jobs and internships for youth
  • Empower the community to invest in our future workforce

Take a peek at some news from our most recent kickoff event for employers:

Next Steps:
  1. Get more resources and learn more about our managed internships
  2. Join forces as a Partner.
  3. Help us serve more youth – invest in our work.
  4. Show your support & be recognized as a Champion.