Kevin Seawright, the Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Vice President of Newark Community Development Corporation, will be participating in a program that will help employ local youth this upcoming summer. The Newark Community Development Corporation will be teaming up with NewarkWorks and other organizations in the area to help facilitate this summer program.
The name of the program is The Summer Youth Employment Plan, and it “aims to provide six weeks of paid summer work experience to Newark student residents,” and “boost college graduation rates in the local community.”
Applicants were required to apply online for the first time in the program, and Seawright has stated that this was a great decision as he has seen great results already.
“As of Monday, we had 350 youth applications already in… We have turned what is traditionally a six-week process into a 30-minute event,” said Seawright in a recent interview.
Seawright and partners of The Summer Youth Employment Plan hope to not only provide employment opportunities for students, but they also hope to teach them about finance and increase students’ financial literacy, which is one of the big issues facing many Americans. Partners of the program, Santander Bank and TD Bank, hope to tackle this issue by teaching kids about finance at a young age. That way, they will have a better chance of managing their assets and be able to achieve their personal financial goals as they get older and enter the workforce.
The program starts on July 5th and ends on August 16th. The students will be paid minimum wage for their work.
They will not only get valuable real-life experience of being part of a workforce, but also make friends, meet new people, learn what it is like to work as a team, and be able to manage their finances correctly and efficiently.
Kevin Seawright said on Twitter he hopes that this will help many students achieve success in their future and will help facilitate a better future for generations to come.
“This is an event myself and the rest of the Newark CEDC team are really proud to be a part of… It gives us hope for the future of this incredible city,” said Seawright. Check out another side of Kevin you might not expect, on SoundCloud.