Summer Jobs Connect Provides Youth Employment and Financial Education
Published on June 16, 2021
This summer, the City of Miami is once again hosting its Summer Jobs Connect Miami Program, providing paid summer jobs and financial education to hundreds of Miami youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Now entering its eighth year, Summer Jobs Connect is made possible with the support of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), Citi Foundation, the Miami Police Department and the Overtown Youth Center. Together, the City and its partners aim to provide a path to economic self-sufficiency to Miami’s youth. This year’s program beings next Monday, June 21 and runs through August 6.
“We’re proud to give another group of Miami youth the chance to gain hands-on work experience this summer and learn how to manage their own finances, while earning real income,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “These are valuable life skills and we’re grateful to all of our partners for helping make this opportunity possible for so many of our young residents.”
“Through Summer Jobs Connect, the Citi Foundation is helping young people across Miami develop their professional and financial skills and stay on track towards achieving their career aspirations,” said Brandee McHale, Head of Citi Community Investing and Development and President of the Citi Foundation. “The Citi Foundation is proud to continue our work with the City of Miami and Cities for Financial Empowerment to guarantee the City’s youth do not miss out on the formative experience of a first job and have pathways to a successful financial future.”
Since its inception, Miami Summer Jobs Connect has placed nearly 1,250 Miami youth in summer jobs, resulting in more than $2.9 million dollars paid in wages and personal savings in excess of $500,000. For the 2021 edition of Summer Jobs Connect, as many as 325 local youth, ages 16 to 19, will participate in one of three job tracks: Civic Engagement, the Entrepreneurship Summer Accelerator or Hands-on Work Experience. Across all three tracks, the City and its partners will offer youth the opportunity to gain real-world work experience, earn up to $1,300 and sharpen essential job skills.
Summer Jobs Connect program participants will also benefit from an integrated financial literacy curriculum that teaches the importance of personal finance, how to make knowledgeable financial decisions and savings strategies. As in past years, a group of youth supervisors who have previously participated in the program will help guide their peers through this year's program and facilitate the financial literacy lessons.
“Summer Jobs Connect 2021 is one of the most critical connections to economic recovery for youth and families in the urban core of the City of Miami,” said Tina Brown, Executive Director of the Overtown Youth Center. “Thanks to the Overtown Youth Center’s partnership with the City of Miami and the Citi Foundation, we are able to give youth who have been isolated for more than a year by the COVID pandemic an opportunity to gain meaningful work experiences. This year, Summer Jobs Connect will aid in the recovery of the social, emotional, and economic impacts caused by this pandemic.”
With the continuous partnership and generous support of the CFE Fund, Citi Foundation, Miami Police Department and the Overtown Youth Center, the City of Miami is providing a sustainable pathway to prosperity for Miami’s youth by affording them the opportunity to see what the future holds in terms of financial stability and education, workforce and the career skills needed to achieve long-term success.