Youth summer jobs go virtual

  • In Baltimore, most of the 4,500 teens who started summer jobs yesterday will be working remotely for their employers, and about a quarter of them will be focusing primarily on working with a job coach to boost their skills and career readiness.
  • In Boston, 8,000 young people are working along different tracks, including an “earn and learn” program where they can get paid to take college courses for credit; virtual internships with local employers; and special projects like conducting census outreach or developing a peer-to-peer marketing plan to build awareness about measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. There’s one in-person track for youth to work outdoors maintaining parks and recreational spaces.
  • In Chicago, many of the 20,000 youth jobs this summer will be focused on career-development opportunities such as learning about different hospital jobs and the paths required to get them, learning how to code, or even doing deep-dive research into the history and future of pandemics. “Agencies have been extremely creative about how to save our summer,” said Lisa Davis, who runs the Chicago operation. “They pivoted quickly to the online process and finding things for young people to do that are workforce-development related.”

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