ST PETERSBURG – This Thursday, October 23rd 2014 at 9:30 a.m., at Mt Zion Progressive MB Church (955 20th Street S. in St. Petersburg), St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Councilmember Wengay Newton, Carolyn King, Pastor Louis Murphy, and others announce the launch of the “200 in 2015” campaign to increase youth employment in South St. Petersburg by 200 next year.
This six-month campaign – backed by several of the City’s youth employment programs – aims to raise $80,000 and solicit dozens of employment slots to help meet the goal through summer and after-school employment in the fall of 2015.
“200 in 2015” also marks the official start of one of three 2020 Plan initiatives designed to increase employment (for adults and youth) by 540 during its first year in action (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015).
About the campaign: “200 in 2015” is a campaign to increase youth employment as a doorway to opportunity, especially for young people who are at risk of entering adulthood in poverty. Several organizations have sustained a concerted focus on improving employment outcomes for low-income youth in the City and together provided employment or paid career training to an estimated 350 community youth last year (2013-14).
The 200 in 2015 campaign will raise awareness and resources in support of these organizations, in order to increase the number of young people who are able to learn career skills, expand their networks, and earn income as a result. The campaign has two goals:
The 200 in 2015 campaign is led by spokesman Councilmember Wengay Newton and the 2020 Plan Task Force, and is supported by employers such as the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and the Power Broker Media Group, and by partners in raising awareness such as the City of St. Petersburg. Founding partners to the campaign include the Pinellas County Urban League, the Pinellas Opportunity Council, the Bon Secours’ Community Wealth Building Initiative, and others.