We know that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. We hear all the time that landing a job or the path to success is “all about who you know,” but we rarely talk about how one knows them, or about the privilege that accompanies knowing those influential people.
We know that the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area has the 12th largest percentage of population under 18 years of age¹; and we know that more than 30% of American companies’ report having job openings for which they cannot find qualified workers with the correct skills². Among the top 5 skills found in over 20 million job postings – four of them are soft, and the fifth is Microsoft Excel³.
It’s time to equip our young people with the 21st century skills needed to secure a place in the workforce of the future — project-based learning, social-emotional learning, critical thinking and problem solving, and the ability to continuously learn new things.
Hire KC Youth connects youth to paid work experiences and internship opportunities to provide workforce competencies that translate to future success.