Youth unemployment has become a national crisis with 5.5 million Americans ages 16-24 that are not in school or unemployed, with African-American and Latino young adults representing the largest numbers. In particular, Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) are often barred from opportunities that lead to employment pathways and stable livelihoods. We can no longer ignore the demographic trends: by 2020, Millennials will make up more than 50% of the workforce and more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be people of color. For businesses, the major challenge of recruiting and retaining talent creates an incentive to diversify the workforce to meet their human capital needs. As greater economic and racial inclusion fosters stronger economic growth, it is both a social and economic imperative for businesses to align their human capital investments as the strategy to drive growth and competitiveness in the 21st Century economy. By actively engaging young men of color to leverage their skills and by connecting them with Bay Area employers, we will make a significant difference in the employment status quo which is holding so many back from economic opportunity and prosperity.
Our team at Urban Strategies Council has worked tirelessly for almost a year now on the Bay Area Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) Employment Project with our partners Bay Area Council, LeadersUp, and PolicyLink. We’re excited to announce the launch of this employment project at the upcoming Career Summit for Boys & Men of Color titled Invest in Youth: Pathways to Success: http://www.mbkalliance.org/BayArea) taking place on July 21, 2016 at the Oakland Convention Center. This landmark event includes a hiring pavilion where employers will be hiring on the spot for over 200+ open positions, workshops, mock interviews, networking café, community resource fair, career expo, as well as dynamic hands-on experiences like a Tie Bar (free neckties and demos), a pop up Barbershop, and a Production Studio hosted by Bay Area hip hop artist, Trackademicks.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Career Summit or our longer term Bay Area BMOC Employment Project, please contact Becky Lai.
The Career Summit is brought to you by The California Endowment, The California Executive’s Alliance, The City of Oakland, Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA).
Get the event flyer here.