Mayor Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) announced an upcoming virtual job fair aimed at helping connect young people in the city to job opportunities while they’re on break from school.
The job fair is in partnership with Workforce Solutions Dallas and is a part of Johnson’s youth summer jobs program called Dallas Works.
“Young people ages 15-24 are encouraged to register to find opportunities for this summer,” Johnston posted in a tweet. “Sixty employers and 4,255 openings available so far! Sign up!”
Johnson launched Dallas Works out of his desire for Dallas youth to have access to opportunities. The goal of the program is to help young people get paid while checking out different careers, receive training and obtain useful skills.
“I am committed to helping them prepare for the future,” Johnson wrote in an introduction for the program’s website. “With the right support, young Dallasites can transform their lives and fulfill their dreams.”
The initiative helps kids connect with paid employment opportunities as much as possible. This year both virtual and in-person jobs are available through the program, according to the Dallas Works website.
“I am organizing a coalition of schools, nonprofits, students, employers and other stakeholders to participate in this program,” Johnson wrote in the introductory letter. “Working together, we can create a collective impact that will positively affect our community — right now and ultimately in the years to come.”
Johnson said investing in the city’s young people comes with several positive implications that benefit both the youth and the city including setting them up for success while building the city’s workforce and bettering its economy.
He encouraged businesses, nonprofits and the youth to join the Dallas Works mission by signing up to participate.
The job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.