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Helping Youth Score Summer Jobs

Posted on April 18, 2012, by United Way in Uncategorized

Whether it's hawking shoes, assisting in an office, or corralling kids at camp - summer jobs help young people develop a work ethic, a feeling of purpose, and a sense of pride in their first paycheck. But summer jobs are getting harder to find, and candidates need to be prepared.

Enter United Way's MatchBridge and the corporate volunteers who generously helped young job seekers fine tune their interview skills last Friday during a mock-interview session. MatchBridge is leading the charge to connect young people with professional jobs and internships this summer as part of SF Summer Jobs+.

Volunteers from PG&E, Salesforce.com and Bank of America asked questions, probed, and offered feedback during the mock interviews, giving youth valuable practice through role playing with a supportive mentor.

“These companies are walking the talk by not only pledging jobs and financial support for Summer Jobs+, but by also working directly with the young people to ensure they have the coaching they need to ace their interviews and land a job,” said Matt Poland, director of MatchBridge.

Click below to view a photo gallery fromlast week'smock-interview session.

Want to support young job seekers? Get involved through United Way:

  • Call for volunteers: Help United Way sort and organize clothing from our Spring Clothing Drive. The clothing will provide MatchBridge youth members with appropriate attire for job interviews, summer internships and employment. The clothing sort takes place 2-4 pm on Thursday, May 17. Contact Lori Alkire 415-808-4336 lalkire@uwba.org for more information and to RSVP.

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