Mayor’s commission to create summer job opportunities

jamesstate-of-cityYoung people in Kansas City could have more opportunities for summer jobs this year.

Mayor Sly James today announced the appointment of a commission called Hire KC Youth. It is made up of business and civic leaders charged with creating new summer job opportunities for Kansas City’s youth. Hire KC Youth is an initiative of the Bright Future program aimed at adding both public and private sector job opportunities for area high school and college students.

The mayor has asked the commission to identify funding sources, placement sites and provide professional development opportunities where appropriate.  These opportunities will focus on partnerships outside of City departments.

“I applaud these commissioners for stepping up and making a difference for our kids to provide them with the tools they will need to succeed in the future,” said Mayor James.  “This level of engagement from stakeholders outside city government is certainly exciting and I am looking forward to evaluating what strategies and plans they develop going forward.”

The Commission will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Members of the Commission:

Co-chair, David Gilmore, Pastor, Centennial United Methodist Church

Co-chair, Heather Humphrey, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel, Kansas City Power & Light

  • Amy McAnarney, Vice President of External Relations, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Carolyn Watley, Vice President, CBIZ
  • Clyde McQueen, President & CEO, Full Employment Council
  • Joe Melookaran, President, JMA Information Technology
  • Greg Kratofil, Jr., Technology Attorney, Polsinelli
  • Bob Hill, Pastor, Community Christian Church
  • Begonya Klumb, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, UMB Financial Services
  • Alise Martiny, Business Manager, Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Scott Hall, Vice President of Strategic Planning, KC Chamber
  • Donna Deeds, Executive Regional Director, Northland CAPS
  • David Ficklin, Vice President of Development, Sporting Kansas City
  • Debby Ballard, Director of Community Affairs, Sprint
  • Robert Epsten, Retired, Founder and Chairman of Major Brands
  • Carol Smith, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way – Greater Kansas City
  • David Gentile, Retired, President & CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • William Chapin, Senior Vice President of Business and Operations, Kansas City Chiefs

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