Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and the Empowerment Network announced plans Wednesday for the city's summer jobs program with a goal of employing 500 young people.
The city has put up $300,000 to help fund the Step Up Omaha Jobs Program, focused on creating summer jobs that could lead to full-time employment.
Seventeen Omaha companies along with four nonprofits got together and raised an additional $400,000 for the program. “We are incredibly excited about what's happening with the support from the mayor's office, with the support from the city of Omaha," said the Empowerment Network’s Willie Barney. "We are seeing new businesses step up like never before."
Those between the ages of 14 and 24 may apply for the program. Applications will be available at Burke High School this Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Applications will also be available at North High School next Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and again at North on Saturday, May 5th, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
“This is an opportunity for those to not only receive training, but to be able to be involved in employment and even if they don't like the employment it gives them an opportunity to network so this is critically important,” said Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray.
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