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Allentown Mayor Invites Local Businesses to Join Summer Initiative

May 27, 2011  |  CUNA Citywide Leadership Team  |  Link to article

Dear Allentown Business Owners,

I'd like to invite you to help with a pilot initiative for Allentown.  On Tuesday, May 3rd I met with about 100 Allentown residents and clergy leaders of Congregations United for Neighborhood Action (CUNA) concerned about teen employment this summer.  We began to explore ways the entire city could make a concerted effort to create new job opportunities for our local teens.  We set a citywide starting goal of 25 new job opportunities for this summer.

I want to stress both the economic and social importance of this initiative.  Teens who work have a greater likelihood to graduate from high school and they receive the soft business and trade skills necessary for future employment.  Communities who hire teens have lower crime rates, increased employment activity, and increased spending in communities where youth employees live and work.  This initiative also will give participating businesses some new marketing opportunities as well as public acknowledgment of your commitment.

I know running a business is no easy task, especially during tight economic times.  Realizing that every business is different we have developed options that you can choose from to be part of this pilot project.  I would like to personally invite you and your business to seriously consider committing to one of these options:

  • Hire an Allentown teen (5-10 hours a week;5-8 weeks of work;$600.00 stipend)
  • Accept/hire an Allentown teen from an existing program like Career Link, LCTI, HYPE
  • Accept an Allentown teen in a shadowing/mentorship role with or without pay
  • Contribute money towards a stipend that will pay a teen doing work this summer
  • Contribute money towards an Allentown teen getting his or her work certification (CPR & First Aid)
  • Help in a job preparedness workshop for local teens

On June 9, 4-8 p.m. the City of Allentown, LCCC, and CUNA will host a job opportunity fair at the LCCC Donley Center, 718 Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown.  At the fair you will have the opportunity to interview local teens or offer your support in the other ways described above. 

If you are interested, please contact CUNA (www.cunapico.org) by email at cuna.director@rcn.com or by phone at 610-434-1260. You will be asked what job opportunity you and your business are interested in providing and given the opportunity to ask any questions about this initiative. 

To close I'd like to thank you for what you do to keep Allentown's business community alive and well.  Allentown would not exist without its business community.

Sincerely,

Mayor Ed Pawlowski