The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber and the youth job services agency TeenForce are teaming up to find paid employment for 100 foster youth in the region in 2013.
The TeenForce placement program will launch on Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Chamber's office, 101 W. Santa Clara St. The final project Hiring Fair is targeted for April 2013.
"We are pleased to be working with TeenForce on this initiative," said Matt Mahood, Chamber president and CEO. "For businesses, having a well-trained and qualified workforce is critical. The entry level jobs that these young people are placed in will open up a whole new window of opportunities for them.''
TeenForce is a San Jose-based nonprofit organization that helps youth, ages 14-20, many of them in or having been in foster care, gain work experience. All chamber members and any nonmember business are welcome to participate.
Prior to being eligible for hiring, the youth must complete an employment prep workshop, work readiness, job shadowing and skills training. Training will be provided by members of the Foster Youth Employment Coalition, including TeenForce, Work2future, NOVA, CET, Silicon Valley Children's Fund and the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children's Services.
For more information, contact Lina Guzman at 408-291-5278 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth interested in qualifying for the hiring fair should contact TeenForce
-- Mercury News staff