HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner helped kick-off the 7th year of the Hire Houston Youth program Monday morning.
Turner was joined by city leaders, private industry and nonprofit organizations.
The program will provide summer “earn and learn” opportunities for people ages 16-24. Click here to apply.
“Employment plays a pivotal role in reducing gender, ethnic, racial, and other social inequalities,” Turner said. “Therefore, providing meaningful employment experiences for our youth is in the best interest of all, including young people, their communities, and Houston as a whole.”
Turner announced that he has extended the application period until April 8.
This year, Turner said he has set a goal of offering 12,000 job and internship opportunities, with a stretch goal of 15,000.
According to a release, Houston was awarded a $150,000 grant by the National League of Cities that will be used for the Hire Houston Youth initiative. In addition to the monetary award, the city will receive specialized assistance from the National League of Cities staff and other national experts to advance the city’s efforts to expand STEM career pathways for marginalized young people. This initiative also aligns with the Mayor’s One Safe Houston campaign.
Watch the full announcement below: