The White House announced “Summer Jobs+,” a new call to action for the government, non-profits and businesses to work together to provide low-income and disconnected inner-city youth with a path to employment, according to a government release.
President Barack Obama proposed $1.5 billion for high-impact summer jobs and year-round employment for low-income youth ages 16 to 24 as part of the “Pathways Back to Work Fund.”
“America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job,” said Obama. “It’s important for their future, and for America’s. That’s why I proposed a summer jobs program for youth in the American Jobs Act – a plan that Congress failed to pass.”
The Associated Press reported that the White House said with the help it has received from the private sector it has secured commitments for nearly 180,000 youth employment opportunities for next summer. Republicans have charged that the Federal government is taking credit for positions that were going to be created anyway, at places like CVS and Bank of America.