Gov. Nixon announces summer jobs program for 1,500 low-income youth in Kansas City area

Joe Jarosz
Northeast News
Nov. 14, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon made a stop in Kansas City to announce a summer job program for area youth.

Gov. Jay Nixon made a stop in Kansas City to announce a summer job program for area youth.

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The lesson learned from earning a buck is something the Governor wants to help instill in Missouri’s youth.

At a press conference at Kansas City’s Young Adult Career Connections Center Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced an expansion of administration’s efforts to improve job and career opportunities for young Missourians in low-income communities next summer. Through the program, 1,500 Kansas City-area youth will be paired with a job or internship in the summer of 2015. The program was compared to the state’s State Park Youth Corps, except it will encompass more than just work in city, county and state parks’ departments.

The governor was joined by area youth, business leaders, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and U.S. Representative Democratic Emanuel Cleaver II .

The program is designed to help area youth become financially responsible before hitting adulthood. Nixon recently announced a similar program for 2,000 St. Louis-area youths — 3,500 youth between the two cities. Those in the program will receive a pay of $8-an-hour for 30 hours of work per week from $4.5 million the state received for the program from federal grants. Funding for the initiative in Kansas City will come from federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds. BEcause of improving economic conditions and job growth, extra funding became available through the TANF program, which can be used to provide services for young Missourians in families under 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

Both Cleaver and Sanders praised Nixon for the program.

“This is not just a job program but it’s also an anti-crime and anti-homelessness program,” Sanders said.

Nixon said a person’s first job is where they typically learn the basic, foundational skills and values used later in a career. However, for youth in low-income areas, access to these opportunities is limited.

“Getting kids started out on the right path is vital to keeping them on course to financial independence, a rewarding career, and a successful life,” Nixon said.

The Missouri Office of Community Engagement will work with employers over the upcoming months to offer rewarding, high-impact work experiences for Kansas City’s youth. The office will partner with the Full Employment Council, Inc. which operates the Kansas City and Vicinity (KCV) workforce investment board and the Eastern Jackson County (EJC) workforce investment board.

This past September, the Nixon signed an executive order creating the Office of Community Engagement, which is responsible for facilitating communication with Missourians and informing policy solutions for the unique challenges facing low-income and minority communities. The Governor appointed former State Senator Maida Coleman as the office’s director. The former state senator said this is a win-win situation for everyone involved. The program will also provide resources for supportive employment services such as mentoring and case management.

“Employers get to build a pipeline of energetic and motivated workers to consider for future employment, while young people learn valuable on-the-job skills,” Coleman said. “We look forward to working with local workforce investment boards and community leaders to help connect young people in Kansas City with area businesses and good summer jobs.”

Comments are closed.

  • NEKC Chamber of Commerce hosts local chefs for cook-off

    May 19th, 2017
    by

    By Abby Cambiano Northeast News May 19, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Local chefs are gearing up for a food-filled […]


    KCPD annual memorial service honors fallen officers

    May 19th, 2017
    by

    By Abby Cambiano Northeast News May 19, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City Police Department honored its 119 […]


    Northeast Newscast Episode 11 – A Day in the Life w/ KCMO Illegal Dumping Investigator Alan Ashurst

    May 18th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News May 18, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – We’re back with a special edition of the […]


    LA paints NEKC

    May 18th, 2017
    by

    By Abigail Cambiano Northeast News May 18, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A group of heavily tattooed men were found […]


    Board of Police Commissioners hears from public

    May 17th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News May 17, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Board of Police Commissioners conducted their third […]


  • KCU plan earns recommendation of City Plan Commission

    May 17th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News May 17, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) […]


    Gladstone students put fashion feet forward

    May 17th, 2017
    by

    By Dorri Partain Northeast News May 17, 2017 The supplies are wheeled into the classroom and the students gather their […]


    Council debates City Manager’s GO Bond project list

    May 17th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News May 17, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – City Council members took aim at the preliminary […]


    MU guest editorial: Local is always better

    May 17th, 2017
    by

    By Miranda Smith Northeast News May 17, 2017 Everything is better when it’s local. Local produce is fresher and creates […]


    2nd Annual Fun & Fitness Fair

    May 17th, 2017
    by

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News May 17, 2017 The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri partnered with the Urban Neighborhood […]


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    retorts illustrated bryan stalder

    Northeast News May 17, 2017

    Memorial an expression of gratitude

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News May 17, 2017 H. Van Buren Magonigle of New York was selected from a field […]

    Former area homeowner returns after 27-year absence

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News May 15, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – When Connie Roscoe moved in to the faded […]