Wednesday, 19 January 2022 11:43

COH awarded grant to promote equitable career opportunities for youth

The City of Houston was recently awarded a $150,000 grant from the National League of Cities (NLC), as part of a new initiative to make true economic opportunity a reality for youth and young adults who are marginalized from quality education and career opportunities. 

With the grant money, the Mayor’s Office of Education looks forward to targeted support of the Hire Houston Youth (HHY) program by connecting diverse opportunity youth to the unique STEM and technology-focused workforce development. The program connects these students to job opportunities in the Houston market as well as the employer partners for whom we custom design employment and youth empowerment programs. 

“This award is a big win for young people. They will benefit from significant career development opportunities made possible by this grant,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “These are children who would otherwise go without, now having experiences and connections they never thought possible. I commend the National League of Cities for their continued commitment to the future leaders of this country.”

In addition to the monetary award, Houston joins the five other cities from across the nation who will also receive specialized assistance from NLC’s staff and other national experts to advance the city’s efforts to expand STEM career pathways for marginalized young people.

Since its inception in 2016, Hire Houston Youth has touched the lives of over 30,000 young Houstonians by linking them to job and internship opportunities. To date, HHY has worked with 102 corporate & non-profit partners to facilitate job opportunities for Houston youth to advance their skills, explore career interests, and empower themselves financially. If you are youth 16-24 years old or an employer willing to participate, please visit Hire Houston Youth.

The Youth Excel initiative runs from January 2022 through June 2023 and is generously supported by the Siemens Foundation. You can learn more at: https://www.nlc.org/initiative/youth-excel.

 

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