City of Miami – Summer Jobs Connect

City of Miami – Summer Jobs Connect


-In the City of Miami, a unique program called
Summer Jobs Connect gave 225 teenagers
an opportunity at hands-on learning in different
professional settings with a bonus —
financial coaching. -Good morning,
CD Wayne’s picture department. Speaking to Ezekiel Hall. -What we do is that we focus
on basically three things — direct deposit,
getting them a bank account, and starting a budget
and savings program. That magic happens when
each one of the students actually sits with a financial
coach that we bring onboard and actually sits
with them one-on-one and gets through that process. Many of them have never
even created a budget, much less a spending plan, so by concentrating on
those simple three things, direct deposit, getting bank, and starting a budget
and savings program, we’re able to do that. -This high-school graduate
is about to start his freshman year in college and says if it weren’t
for this program, he’d be flat broke
for his move to Tallahassee. -It helped me, like,
manage my money, like, better because usually,
when I get money, I will, like, spend it quickly
and everything like that, but with the program,
I learned to, like, you know, spend my money
on more things that I need and not the things that I want. -Especially now,
my first year of college, I have to save money, so it’s
definitely been a big help. -In the last four years,
the program has hired 605 students with
a 99% retention rate. It’s achieved a total surpassing
$1.6 million in wages paid, and altogether, students have been able
to save nearly $125,000. -The city is funding it,
for the first time in many, many years, with general funds, and we also were able
to get additional funds to be able to expand the program to other job sites
throughout the city. -Those expansion funds —
more than $367,000 from Citi Foundation, a key funder of this initiative. The students work 35 hours
per week for nine weeks in over 50 different work sites
including Parks and Rec, Procurement, Solid Waste,
to the Marina, each job opening up to a future
many never thought possible. -So it’s a very fulfilling
thing to know that our program impacted their lives in a way
that they actually want to excel in different
aspects of their lives. -Someone just told me like,
“You know, just take a risk, and, you know, just better
yourself in different areas.” -Have you decided?
Have you picked a major yet? -Not yet. Not yet, but hopefully,
with time, I’ll decide, but I think
that I would definitely want to end up in the city. Like, that’s a goal. I really love working here. It’s fun. ♪♪

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