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Charleston, Chamber Urge Businesses to Hire Youth Employees for Summer 2019

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We are proud to support the Mayor’s Youth Employment Challenge! Lowcountry businesses are challenged to employ a total of 1,000 high school and college students this summer.


Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Tina Wirth, Senior Vice President of Talent Advancement at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, challenged Lowcountry businesses to hire 1,000 high school and college students for summer employment (Photo/Patrick Hoff)

The city of Charleston and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce are challenging Lowcountry businesses to employ a total of 1,000 high school and college students this summer as part of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Challenge.

“What better opportunity do we have to train students and to build our workforce than through real, hands-on experience, summer job opportunities and employment?” said Mayor John Tecklenburg.

The city and the chamber are asking businesses to hire at least two youth employees for the summer and provide a “real job,” according to Tecklenburg, which includes at least 12 hours of work per week and pays a reasonable wage.

“And to provide some mentorship,” Tecklenburg said. “Not just to put them to work with a road job, but to give them some guidance and mentorship and help them learn a new skill and get ready to be in the workplace.”

Tecklenburg said the city is committed to hiring 51 youth employees, made up of at least 36 high school students and 12 college students.

Other businesses that have already taken up the challenge are Charleston Southern University, which has committed to hiring 50 youth employees; the Charleston RiverDogs; the S.C. Aquarium, which will hire 10 high school students; the Charleston office of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA; and Donut Connection, a doughnut shop in Goose Creek that has committed to hiring two youth employees.

Businesses interested in participating in the challenge may fill out a form (.pdf).

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