An estimated 4.9 million young Americans ages 16-24 are not in school or employed, including nearly 10 percent of young adults in the Washington, D.C., area. In response, a coalition of more than 50 top U.S. companies, called the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative plans to expand its national youth hiring effort to the nation’s capital. They will launched their work in Washington today at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, kicking off a long-term effort to connect local youth to jobs.
Hiring managers from more than 30 of the more than 50 participating companies, including Five Guys, HMSHost, FedEx, Nordstrom, Hilton, Starbucks, Macy’s, Ulta Beauty and Walmart are at the D.C. Opportunity Fair. Together, they will offer more than 1,000 guaranteed job interviews, make hundreds of on-the-spot job offers, and offer dozens of resources like practice interviews, resume building, workplace styling tips for men and women, assistance creating a LinkedIn profile, connections to local mentorship programs, legal resources, immigration services and more.