$200,000 grant from “Goldman Sachs Gives” provides 100 jobs through the Mayor Frank G. Jackson Summer Jobs Program

Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced a $200,000 grant from Goldman Sachs Gives, the firm’s donor-advised fund, to provide 100 jobs through the Mayor Frank G. Jackson Summer Jobs Program, now in its eighth year. This summer 363 Cleveland teens are working with the City of Cleveland and other agencies to earn money and learn valuable work and life skills through the program. The grant is an outgrowth of the successful 10,000 Small Businesses partnership between Goldman Sachs, the City of Cleveland and local businesses.

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Mayor Jackson addresses members of the Youth Advisory Council

“The best way to help young people to succeed is to give them a good education and access to jobs,” said Mayor Jackson. “I want to thank Goldman Sachs Gives, all of our funding partners and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) for working with me to give Cleveland’s children the chance to succeed.”

100 youth, sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Gives grant, are working at several public and private agencies, including the City of Cleveland Division of Recreation, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Foodbank. In addition, this year 230 youth are working at the Cleveland Department of Public Utilities and 33 are working at the Cleveland Airport System.

“The work ethic and skills young people develop working summer jobs provides the foundation for building successful careers later in life,” said Gary D. Cohn, Goldman Sachs President and COO. “We’ve enjoyed working with Mayor Jackson on the 10,000 Small Businesses program in Cleveland and are proud to work with his team again by bringing 100 summer jobs to this great city.”

“The jobs program, administered by Y.O.U., is more than a pay check,” said Natoya Walker-Minor, Cleveland’s Chief of Public Affairs. “Our young people gain valuable work experience, learn about appropriate workplace attire and behavior, and engage in educational and enrichment activities.”

Since 2006, Mayor Jackson’s summer jobs program has hired 1,843 Cleveland youth and field supervisors. On average, 95.5% of all the youth hired completed the program successfully. In 2006, the summer jobs youth worked painting fire hydrants around the city. Since then additional projects with significant quality-of-life and environmental impact have been added to the program, including: rain gardens, Adopt-a-Beach, creek bed clean-ups, catch basin and rain barrel inventories, and water, plant and soil quality testing.

About Goldman Sachs Gives

Goldman Sachs Gives is a donor-advised fund through which Goldman Sachs and its senior employees can recommend grants to qualified non-profit organizations globally. Established in 2007, Goldman Sachs Gives supports charities in communities around the world with a focus on benefiting undeserved populations. Its grants support programs that build and stabilize communities, increase educational opportunities, honor service and veterans, and create jobs and economic growth.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Summer Job Program Statistics, 2006-2012 

2006-2012 Youth Hired 1,580
Successfully Completed Program 1,509
Retention Rate 95.5%
Wards Represented All wards
Wages Earned $1,416,069
Hours Worked by Youth 109,300 hours
Total Investment $2,580,300

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

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