Every summer in Pine Bluff, over 600 youth apply for spaces in our city’s Summer Youth Employment program. Unfortunately, we must turn down hundreds of qualified young people who are eager to serve the community. The Summer Youth Employment Program is a critical investment in the future of Pine Bluff to assist youth prepare for careers and the workforce. The National Summer Learning Alliance reports that two-thirds of the academic achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their more advantaged peers can be explained by what happens over the summer during their school years. In summer 2017, we need your help to turn around statistics like this in our community so that a student growing up in Pine Bluff has the same opportunity to succeed as a young person anywhere in America.
This year, the City of Pine Bluff will open summer youth job placement sites to private businesses, churches, and community organizations. We invite you to take part in this program and make a tangible difference in the lives of Pine Bluff youth. For only a small investment, you will have a talented summer youth employee to assist your organization for six weeks in June and July this summer. Participating youth will receive professional development support from the city so that they can best serve your organization. Our goal is to double the number of available slots for summer youth employment jobs to give more young people opportunities to succeed in school and life.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.