United Way of Greater Greensboro and the City of Greensboro partnered again this year to expand summer employment opportunities for local youth with the Plus One program.
In its second year, 17 employers hired 57 local youth for summer employment.
Research shows there are major benefits of summer employment including gaining work experience and supplementing family income. Summer employment for youth also has positive educational implications. Having a summer job can increase teens’ time-management skills, self-confidence and sense of responsibility, all of which help them succeed in life and in school.
“We are thrilled with the results of Plus One this year and know the program will continue to expand in future years,” said Traci McLemore Senior Manager of Community Impact Initiatives at United Way of Greater Greensboro. “The growth we saw when compared to last year only shows how needed these employment opportunities are for young people.”
Amir Frazier was hired by United Way of Greater Greensboro as the organization’s Plus One employee. After participating in United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program for college students in March 2019, he says he was interested in working with United Way to better his understanding of the nonprofit sector and to gain new skills.
“Being the Plus One employee at United Way this summer has exposed me to so much and taught me how to be more independent,” said Frazier. “I got to see what it’s like to work in an office space on a day-to-day basis and I met a lot of people who are dedicated to making their community better. It opened up a whole new network to me.”
For more information on Plus One, visit unitedwaygso.org/plusone.