host youth job fair May 3
By Kevin Milliken, La Prensa Correspondent
March 21, 2014: Toledo city government and business leaders are
joining forces to offer the region’s teens a Summer Youth Job
Fair on Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
interim director of the city’s Youth Commission, stated at least
20 companies have committed to the job fair, including McDonalds
restaurants and Toledo Changer.
Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins stated the Toledo area’s
youth unemployment rate is about 17 percent, which is roughly
double the county’s overall jobless rate.
This is the third straight year the mayor’s office has sponsored
such an event.
“You learn by trial-and-error, and this year we’re hoping to get
even more employers,” said Ms. Contréraz-Harris. “We’re also
having more workshops prior to the job fair than we’ve done in
Topics for those workshops, to be held at Toledo-Lucas County
Public Library branches, will include résumé-writing, how to
keep a job, and how to conduct a successful job interview.
“A lot of times we don’t give kids credit for what they do know,
their common sense,” said Ms. Contréraz-Harris. “Just like any
adult, though, the classes remind them of what’s important, how
to behave, what questions to ask. As any adult knows, they get
nervous and this will help them stay organized and focused.”
Last year, more than 2,000 young people attended the summer job
fair and met potential employers, learned about summer job
opportunities, and applied for available openings. A similar
crowd of young people is expected to show up this year as well.
“It’s been very successful as far as getting the youth to
said Ms. Contréraz-Harris. “It’s hard to get feedback, however,
so it’s hard to track how many actually got hired. We’ve had as
many as 27 employers—and some are hiring for multiple stores.”
For example, according to John Harris, owner of 9
restaurants, ‘McDonald’s human resources officials will be
filling positions at nine of its local restaurants.’ Mr. Harris
was with his wife at the press conference Friday and explained
how McDonalds was solidly behind the mayor in such hiring