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June 14, 2013
Contact: Justine Gazzola
Phone: 704-315-3259
Mayor’s Youth Employment Program Kicks-Off Record Year
with Continued Support from Bank of America
(Charlotte, N.C.) Time Warner Cable Area was filled today with over 600 attendees of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program 2013 Kickoff Luncheon, where Mayor Pro Tem Cannon officially kicked off the eight week summer internship season.
At the event, Bank of America announced its continued support of the program through another $100,000 grant to fund the salaries of 68 participating youth who are placed with non-profit organizations in the Charlotte area. In addition, the bank will hire 12 interns to work in local banking centers this summer. The MYEP partnership is part of Bank of America’s efforts to connect young people to jobs, as part of its broader focus on workforce development and education.
“In order for Charlotte and the state’s future workforce to achieve economic success, it’s critical that we support summer job opportunities for youth,” said Andrew Plepler, Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Policy executive at Bank of America. “The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program is providing many students with their first job, which is an important first step in learning the skills that lead to better paying jobs and securing a long-term career.  We also know that summer jobs are one of the most effective strategies to reduce youth violence.”
Bosch Rexroth also joined the stage at today’s event, announcing a new apprenticeship program that will begin this fall with two MYEP students, Maceo Ruchers-Shirver and Carla Baily.
Maceo Ruchers-Shirver, comments, “My participation with the MYEP and the opportunity to be an apprentice with Bosch Rexroth means a lot to me; it’s given me a plan for the future. This internship is not just a job, but is becoming a career for me.  It is great to have that stability in life. This experience has given me a greater sense of responsibility and I am thankful that I can help support my mother.”
The annual MYEP Kickoff Luncheon event provides interns and host employers an opportunity to connect prior to the start of the internship and share logistics about the summer placement. Over 80 local employers are providing internships to over 300 MYEP students this summer.
“The kickoff event today shows that there is power in numbers. We can achieve great things when we come together to support the youth in our community who deserve our attention," said Patrick Cannon, Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Charlotte. “I’m thrilled to have Bank of America’s continued support as a corporate sponsor and Bosch Rexroth on board as a new partner. Together, we will work to ensure the future success of these students.”
MYEP seeks to build partnerships with host employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors, who are able to provide one-of-a-kind summer work experiences for MYEP participants. By providing opportunities in areas such as sports franchise, banking and finance, non-profit management, media and telecommunications, engineering and local government, MYEP participants are given an inside look at the industries that are driving Charlotte’s economy.

About the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program
Since 1986, the MYEP has worked to prepare Charlotte’s youth for future employment. The MYEP provides summer internships for youth ages 16-18 years and offers extensive job readiness training and other career exploration opportunities to ensure youth are best prepared for the work experience. MYEP participants are motivated high school students recommended to the program by various community partners such as: Communities In Schools (CIS), Right Moves For Youth (RMFY), Goodwill Industries, CMS Career Counselors and others. 
About Bank of America’s Summer Youth Employment Initiative
The Bank of America Summer Employment Initiative is a partnership with Mayors’ offices around the country that provides at-risk teens with job opportunities at local nonprofits and businesses during the summer. The partnership is now in its second year, with more than 1,050 teens placed in paid jobs in 2013. The Bank of America Summer Youth Employment Initiative provides students with vital workforce development opportunities during a time when teen unemployment remains the highest of any working group at 24.5 percent.