Summer Youth Employment Breakfast funds summer job placements for Richmond kids

Deanza High School graduate Kirsten Harris dreams of opening her own restaurant in Richmond Every summer for the past seven years, the Summer Youth Employment Program has provided valuable work experience and a summer income to hundreds of Richmond’s most at-risk youth.

Preparation for this year’s program is kicking off on Thursday, March 13, with the Summer Youth Employment Breakfast, an event that brings together  business and community leaders to raise money and secure job placements for hundreds of youth during the summer months.

The program will feature speakers from many of the event sponsors, including For Richmond, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and others, and also youth who have benefited from the program in the past.

The stories that past participants tell about the Summer Youth Employment Program are a testament to its power.  Kirsten Harris, for example, participated in SYEP last summer after graduating from DeAnza High School.  Harris, who dreams of running her own soul food restaurant in Richmond, was able to learn workplace skills, business plan research, and more through the Richmond Main Street Initiative, one of the program’s host partners.

“I learned so much and just realized that small costs really add up,” said Harris, who is now studying culinary arts at Contra Costa College.  “I know starting my own business will be hard, but I’m excited.”

Harris was one of 265 students who were able to participate in the program last year, in large part thanks to partnership and generous donations from the community.  For Richmond encourages all businesses and organizations who have capacity to attend this year’s breakfast and ensure that another crop of Richmond youth have the kind of experiences that put them on track for life-long professional success.

The official event invitation can be view here. Those interested in attending the breakfast must RSVP at the contact below.

What: Summer Youth Employment Breakfast

Where: Bermuda Room, Richmond Memorial Convention Center, enter by 2533 Nevin Ave.

When:  8:00am – 9:00am, Thursday, March 13, 2014

Contact Richmond YouthWORKS at 510-412-2044 for additional information about how your business or organization can get involved.