Davenport creates youth initiative

First youth job fair to be held in April

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch has put his name on the first youth job fair to present opportunities to teens.

"I think many kids want a job, want some more education, and want some hope," said Klipsch. "And this is what this is all about."

The City of Davenport is partnering with Iowa Works and Eastern Iowa Youth Work to put on Mayor Frank Klipsch's 2017 Youth Job Fair. The event will be help April 13 at the River Center in Davenport, and will feature local businesses from all over the Quad Cities. 

The event is targeting high school students who are looking for their first job. Many of the employers present will be jobs in retail and food service that kids can work during the summer and gain experience.

One organization that is no stranger to hiring teens and giving them their first jobs in the Quad Cities River Bandits. They say that showing youth their opportunities here in the community helps springboard them into future careers. 

"We will go out on meetings and we will meet people in the community who will say 'Oh, I remember working there as a vendor, you know, selling hot dogs when I was 15 years old back in 1978'," said General Manager Andrew Chesser. "Now, they're presidents, CEOs, or any position in the Quad Cities, so it's really neat that we've been able to be that launching point for a lot of people's careers."

Iowa Works also says that there will be skill trade jobs at the event. 

Part of the reason for the job fair is to help lay the groundwork for the future. 

"When we bring on people who are 15,16 years old, we know that this is a developmental job for them," said Chesser. "They're learning how to be adults, how to contribute to society, how to have a job, so it really is an important task for us and it's something we take seriously." 

"Kids in our community are the future," said Klipsch. "Education is extremely important that's why we collaborate so strongly with our school system. Work opportunities are important, give the kids a sense of accomplishment, that they have some hope about a job in the future and learn work habits, I think that's extremely important and transfers over to just lifestyle in general."


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