Mayor McFarlane Accepts Bank of America $31,000 Donation to Partnership Raleigh Program

News posted Jun. 07, 2017 - 4:50 am
Mayor accepts donation on behalf of Partnership Raleigh

Raleigh residents between the ages of 17 and 21 have another avenue to employment opportunities thanks to a collaborative effort between the City and the local business community. Partnership Raleigh, a program designed to connect young people to the workforce, held its kickoff event on June 7 at Communities In Schools Wake County’s Duke Energy Learning Center at Chavis. Mayor McFarlane was on hand to accept a $31,000 donation from Bank of America Triangle Market President Kari Stoltz and called on other organizations to support youth employment.

Partnership Raleigh is an extension of the Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program (RSYEP). Sponsored by the City of Raleigh, RSYEP provides young people with valuable work experience and training. Since its inception in 1983, the program has employed more than 5,000 youth.

As it has done every year, RSYEP will hire 180 local youth. The Bank of America donation will result in creating 13 additional jobs: 12 new youth employee positions and one new adult coach/mentor position. From June to August, these additional young employees will work at the Community in Schools Wake County’s Chavis Learning Center mentoring, job shadowing, and building skills to prepare them for a successful future.

Other speakers at the event included City of Raleigh Youth Services Manager Cathey Ector-Cox, City of Raleigh Housing & Neighborhoods Director Larry Jarvis, Communities in Schools Wake County President Travis Mitchell, and Raleigh youth employee Rachel Wooster.

For more details, contact Cathey Ector-Cox at 919-996-5730, or Jennifer Darwin from Bank of America at 980-683-2689.

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