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Summer Youth Employment Program

Level-Up for Youth Employment

Easterseals is participating in a new youth employment program called Level Up: Launch Your Career. It will give more than 200 young men and women paid work experiences and career-oriented credentials for in-demand jobs in construction, healthcare, information technology, and more.

Level Up is an “earn as you learn” program that will assist youth, ages 16-24, who want to pursue in demand careers in our region. The program aims to recruit, train, and match about 245 candidates in career-oriented positions over the course of a year.

Participants will be matched with an industry partner and receive a minimum of 12 weeks of paid work placement training while making $12 an hour for 20 hours of work per week. Each participant will be assigned a Job Coach, who will provide them with the support they need to succeed.

"What is so profound about this is that it is at the heart of what we should be doing as human beings and as adults, which is recognizing the uniqueness — what's so special about every individual young person, and investing in that," Cincinnati Council Member Greg Landsman told WVXU-FM.

The training sessions start in June.

Level Up is a partnership with the City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools, the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati, and Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio.

A virtual career fair will be held May 19, 2021, from 10-11 a.m. and will stream live on the Cincinnati Public Schools Facebook page.

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