In an attempt to raise college graduation rates and assist local students, Newark, NJ is offering a program that will aid these younger residents in their efforts to find temporary employment during the summer months. The program is being offered through a partnership between NewarkWorks and The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark CDEC). The CFO of Newark CDEC, Kevin Seawright, is one of the notable citizens in the area who is bringing his own unique skills to this partnership.
The endeavor, known as The Summer Youth Employment Plan, encourages students to apply online for its program. Once accepted, these students will get much more than just a paycheck. Seawright has used his own connections to involve community banks with the program, making it possible for the students to get assistance with financial planning. This will not only benefit them during the summer, but is knowledge they can take with them throughout their lives.
Seawright stated from Twitter he believes that this program has the power to not only help the students who find work, but will be a benefit to the entire community. It is the type of economic development his company, Newark CDEC, has often sought. After joining the company in 2015, Seawright began to immediately work to help improve the financial climate in Newark. His extensive financial background and experience with rejuvenating local economies has provided him with a number of skills and valuable contacts to make it possible for the community to experience great improvement.
Seawright has always been a visionary and a professional who not only met goals, but has consistently exceeded them. It is his belief that this year, the Summer Youth Employment Plan will be one of the goals that far exceeds expectations. Approximately 3,500 students will have the opportunity to receive employment, get valuable job training and be offered motivational lectures and programs to help them prepare for college. As Newark is able to encourage its youngest residents to achieve more, it is hoped that these students will return the favor to the generations that come after them. This will make the program a success that will be appreciated far into the future. Check out LocalTalkNews’ interview with Kevin for further.