council works to expand opportunities for boys and men of color

On Thursday, in partnership with LeadersUp, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Urban Strategies Council, PolicyLink and the City of Oakland, the Bay Area Council participated in the much awaited Invest in Youth: Pathways to Success, Boys & Men of Color Career Summit. Nearly 50 companies participated in the event, hiring youth on the spot and offering career pathway exposure. Bay Area Council members Kaiser Permanente, AT&T, East Bay Municipal Utility District, BART, San Francisco Giants, United Airlines and many more were represented at the Summit.

An estimated 325 youths walked away from the BMoC Career Summit with a job offer and the Summit provided 1,000 young people of color between the ages of 18 to 29 opportunities to interview with employers, connect to community resources, and participate in career preparation and leadership development training.

This high impact kickoff event will act as a catalyst for the long term regional hiring strategy developed by the Bay Area Council and our partners to create a sustainable and coordinated approach to training, hiring, and retaining young men of color in sustainable wage careers across the Bay Area. To learn more about the strategy, Creating an Inclusive Economy: A Strategy for Hiring Bay Area Boys and Men of Color, please contact Policy Manager Rachele Trigueros.

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