Mayor Brown's Summer Jobs Program

A few students in the 2013 Mayor's Summer Jobs Program.The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Initiative is a comprehensive program that provides Jacksonville’s youth with real work experience – to acquire increased understanding and knowledge of the work environment, employer expectations and responsibility.

This eight or six-week program is designed to prepare youth with job readiness and soft skills training to compete economically. These can be full-time or part-time positions paying minimum wage.

During the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Jan. 17, 2014, Mayor Alvin Brown called for businesses across the community to particiapte in the program to help prepare Jacksonville's youth for the future.

Companies interested in participating can contact MayorsSummerJobs@coj.net for more information.

Employment

Youth work for either six or eight weeks. Each youth is assigned a job coach that serves as a liaison between them, the program office, and the site supervisor. Job coach (JC) responsibilities include monitoring of program participants at work sites, as well as the facilitation of Student Development courses. During these periodic job site visits, JCs engaged not only the youth, but the youth’s supervisor as well address any and all barriers that could preclude a participant from being a top notch employee.

Target Audience

Youth residing in Duval County between the ages of 16-21 for the expanded program and living in health zone 1 for Jacksonville Journey funded positions.

Program Dates

June 16 through August 8, 2014.

Professional Development

The City of Jacksonville, FloridaPre-Employment Training

Administered by COJ employees, community and business volunteers, participants receive comprehensive training to prepare them for summer employment. For some youth, this program will provide their first experience in the job market. The eight-hour training is comprised of Customer Service, Business 101, Professional Image, Ethics, Diversity, and Financial Awareness.

Student Development Classes

These classes provide the foundation for development for program participants. Classes are 90 minute sessions designed with practical, hands-on tools, role-play scenarios and other proven techniques to aid in participant understanding and application. Courses include: Money Management, Conflict Resolution, Resume Development, Business Etiquette, Job Search/Interviewing Skills.

Continued Engagement Seminars

Program participants will be invited to attend quarterly seminars throughout the school year. These seminars will be presented by local companies and agencies to share more in-depth information with participants about how to leverage their job experiences into future opportunities. Partners will also share information about career development and understanding business culture. Participants attending three of the four seminars will be given priority rank for re-hire the next summer.

Program Goals

The goals of the Summer Jobs Program for Jacksonville’s youth are to:
  • Create a positive work experience 
  • Provide exposure to potential career fields
  • Teach business etiquette, conflict resolution, job search/interviewing, and money management skills
  • Increase financial resources
  • Acquire understanding and knowledge of a work environment
  • Understand employer’s expectations and the responsibility of reporting to a job every day
For many participants, this program will provide their first experience in the job market and their first pay check.

Participants will spend their summer learning, earning and building on their futures.

Contact

Have questions, or are you a company that wants to sign up? Email MayorsSummerJobs@coj.net.


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