For Richmond: At-risk youths seek summer job placements

Kyra Worthy, executive director of For Richmond

With summer fast approaching, hundreds of at-risk youths in Richmond are eager to secure jobs.

On March 13, a breakfast benefiting the Summer Youth Employment Program will be held at at the Richmond Memorial Convention Center. The breakfast is intended to raise money and secure job placements for hundreds of local youths in the program, according to For Richmond, an event sponsor.

“The stories that past participants tell about the Summer Youth Employment Program are a testament to its power,” For Richmond stated in an article published Tuesday.

One of the participants, DeAnza High graduate Kristen Harris, said she got closer to her dream of owning a soul food restaurant following her work last summer with the Richmond Main Street Initiative, one of the program’s host partners.

Harris learned workplace skills and how to come up with a business plan in the program, and is reportedly now studying culinary arts at Contra Costa College.

“I know starting my own business will be hard, but I’m excited,” said Harris, one of 265 students who participated in last year’s program.

Businesses or organizations interested in taking part in the March 13 breakfast or the jobs program should contact Richmond YouthWORKS at (510) 412-2044 for more information.