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.
The goals of the new citywide initiative are:
Take a peek at some news from our most recent kickoff event for employers: