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Summer Opportunity: Here's How You Can Help More Young Americans Land That First Job

President Obama calls on businesses and organizations to give young Americans with limited resumes and resources opportunities for their first summer jobs.

President Barack Obama greets a crowd gathered outside Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2015.. (Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama greets a crowd gathered outside Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Just like generations past, America’s young people have big dreams and aspirations, and their local communities can play a big role in helping them fulfill their full potential. Yet, for many, the American dream is out of reach.

For a young person just starting off in the working world, whether it¹s over the summer or if they are no longer in school, the prospect of finding a job with a blank resume, limited education, and no meaningful connections to employers can be daunting. This process is tough for college students and even harder for the one in seven young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school and don’t have a job.

As a result, President Obama is calling on businesses, non-profits, and community leaders to take action to give young Americans a better shot as a part of his Summer Opportunity Project. These leaders can step up by providing summer jobs, training and mentoring to young people who are not in school or working. And they can support programs over the summer that keep young people engaged in learning, healthy and safe.

You can help out your community by providing a summer opportunityfor a young person that gives them the confidence they need to believe that more is possible.

Add your name below to learn more about creating summer opportunities and commit to hiring a young person to help put them on a path to success:

Note:Your information may be shared with agencies and nongovernmental organizations working on summer opportunity projects.