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Youth job fair needs more employers, Mallory says

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Tana Weingartner

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory's Youth Jobs Program will take place Thursday, March 28 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, but the mayor said Tuesday morning he needs more companies to get involved.

Mallory, in a press conference with city council member Yvette Simpson, said that many city departments will be offering summer jobs to young people from low-income families, but there are now about 40 non-profit and for-profit companies to set up booths at the job fair, which will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mallory said he would like to have at 100 employers sign up to participate in the event.

The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati has been selected by Mallory to administer the summer youth jobs program, with help from other organizations.

Mallory and Simpson both emphasized the need for more employers to get involved.

"We need employers,'' Mallory said. "It doesn't cost the companies a dime to particpate. Employers, you have to hear me. We need your."

Companies who want to get involved, the mayor said, can go to his website, www.mayormallory.com, and register for a free booth.

The jobs available in city departments are summer jobs, but private employers and non-profit corporations can find full-time employees at the job fair, Mallory said.

Young people ages 16 to 24 are asked to bring photo IDs, a Social Security card, proof of residence in the city of Cincinnati, and a resume.

And Mallory had another piece of advice for the young people who come to the event.

"Come dressed for success,'' Mallory said.