The U.S. Conference of Mayors


WHEREAS, The United States Conference of Mayors is committed to promoting the well-being and positive development of the nation's youth; and

WHEREAS, work experience for youth provides educational and enrichment opportunities leading to academic improvement for millions of disadvantaged youth; and

WHEREAS, work experience helps youth develop life skills and values that prepare them for the challenges of adolescence and the responsibilities of adulthood; and

WHEREAS, by 2010, the largest segment of the nation's labor force will be teens and young adults as 41 million new workers enter the workforce to replace the 76 million retiring workers; and

WHEREAS, the labor market for the nation's teens has deteriorated considerably over the past several years, and the overall teen employment rate in the past three years (2004-2006) was the lowest in the past 60 years; and

WHEREAS, according to the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, the 2007 summer jobs outlook for the nation's teens appears to be worse than last year despite an improving national job market for older adults; and

WHEREAS, according to the Center, last summer only 7.11 million teens worked on average during the months of June-August; and the number of employed teens would have been 8.63 million, or 1.52 million higher, if the 2000 summer teen employment rate had prevailed and 9.5 million, or 2.4 million higher if the summer 1989 employment rate had prevailed; and

WHEREAS, in past decades, there was strong bi-partisan support for a summer jobs program for teens,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress to restore its long term commitment to a strong summer jobs program, either by providing funding for year round youth activities at a level equivalent to or greater than the FY 2001 funding levels and ensuring that summer jobs are part of any WIA reauthorization or by enacting a separate summer jobs program; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Conference of Mayors calls on Congress to ensure that any new targeted grant program for youth is funded only from the excess of the amount appropriated for the WIA youth formula program when it is at a level of at least $1 billion and not at the expense of the year round program.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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