U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited San Francisco City Hall today for a roundtable discussion on President Barack Obama’s youth jobs initiative. Solis joined San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and various city, business and nonprofit officials to discuss the Summer Jobs+ Challenge launched by the White House in January.
“It isn’t good enough anymore to just have a high school diploma,” Solis said. “Industries want to have credentialed people.”
She said social media and other new technologies are shaping many industries, and youths are expected to have expertise in those areas.
Facebook and LinkedIn were among the companies represented at today’s meeting.
Lee said San Francisco had a goal of creating 5,000 paid jobs for youths this summer, and said today the city had reached that goal.
He said he plans to expand the program year-round and will focus on some of the disengaged members of the city’s under-served neighborhoods. “Getting into the workforce where people depend on you” can help in engaging those youths, Lee said. “When you earn your success, that’s what sustains it.”
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