Greensboro Police Chief Brian James has launched the 2022 Chief’s Summer Youth Employment Initiative (CSYEI) for 2022.
James started CSYEI last year with the goal of providing 500 summer jobs for youth in Greensboro and, as a result, 525 youth participated in the program. James recently told the City Council that while the goal is still set at 500, he hopes to do much better than that in this the second year.
The CSYEI program is for youths from 14 to 21, and the idea is to provide more than just a job but “a structured learning employment training environment” according to the press release.
The website for the CSYEI is up and can be accessed here, 500jobsgso.org .
The eight-week program includes personal skills training for youth seeking employment. James said the idea behind the CSYEI was to keep teenagers busy and off the streets in an effort to curb violence in Greensboro.
James said, “When we invest in our youth, it improves the quality of life for our city, our neighborhoods and our families.
When James talked to the City Council about the program, there was a lot of quibbling by councilmembers about how the program had been run last year, particularly that some youth who did not live in the targeted areas of East Greensboro may have participated. It appeared the City Council was considering taking over the program.
However, City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba stepped in and said the program was started by James and would continue to be run by the Police Department.
Some of the entities that participated last year have already renewed their partnerships with the program, including NCWorks-NextGen, Guilford County Schools, Cone Health, Ralph Lauren, Food Lion, McDonald’s and Koury Convention Center.
The first summer job career fair for youth will be held Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Windsor Community Center at 1601 Gate City Blvd.
Employers interested in participated may go to 500jobsgso.org and visit the employers portal or may contact Tifanie Rudd at email@example.com
“The eight-week program includes personal skills training for youth seeking employment. James said the idea behind the CSYEI was to keep teenagers busy and off the streets in an effort to curb violence in Greensboro.”
Question . . . where are the parents or parent? When I was growing up I had two parents who instilled values to me, and what would happen if I made bad decisions. I decided to go into the military and was able to go to college “FREE” under the G.I. bill. It’s too bad the majority of young people think 4 years of their service to their country is not a good idea. Why? Liberals think the military is a bad choice and want the government to provide a free college, but guess where that money comes from? If you said the federal government, you are wrong, It comes from the Federal Reserve lending money to Congress at very low interestest rates, but heck, we’re so much in debt now that a few more trillion won’t matter.
Military is a great option for many but not all. So by your logic…if a kids comes from a broken home and doesn’t feel called to the sacrifices required for military service, they should be left to struggle alone? Bit narrow minded of you.
There are options. Pell Grants, scholarships, etc. There is always the old-fashioned, tried and true method of “working” your way through school. ALONE. If there is a will, there IS a way. Even very poor people with multiple children get free tuition, childcare and a stipend to live on. If you are not bright enough to root out these solutions, perhaps you are not college material anyway. You should look into sponsoring scholarships Chris since you seem to be so passionate, generous with tax money and wide minded. I agree Chris, not everyone is suited to the military. We only want the very best and the brightest in the military. Thank you Joe for your service.
The ‘ol lift yourself by the boot straps argument. You read here how schools are failing our kids yet you say, just work harder. Poverty is exhausting and a major distraction. Programs such as this can be a real light in the tunnel for many kids. Good on chief James for trying to make a difference other than telling kids to just work harder.
Forget the bootstraps chris put a tie around your neck and keep pulling we all pray you’ll get there
Perhaps our SPENDTHRIFT leaders could find a way to throw some ARP dollars towards this great effort!
Cure for violence- invest in our youngsters to steer them the right way! Do give give money to councilwoman Johnson for a program that is not being countable to the taxpayers of Greensboro.
I’m just curious about the “quibbling “ from the council. Do they think that all the targeted youth have to live in east Greensboro or that only the youth who live in east Greensboro should be targeted. Either way it sounds RACIST to me. Shame on you for trying to hamper what Chief James is trying to do. All of you should leave the council and get a JOB STOP living off the TAXPAYERS bunch of damn LEECH ‘S
Remember this when it is time to vote!
Don’t fret Glenn I’ve always known where my vote lies and it’s never with liberal democrats
If you check the police statistics, you’ll find the majority of crimes, and criminals, are in east GBO.
Yes, Rebel. They must live in east Greensboro because all other children have opportunities fall in their lap.
What the f$$k are you speaking about are you so short sighted or racist to say only kids from east Greensboro have problems. Maybe east Greensboro have broken homes and that falls into the laps of”baby mommas “ and “baby daddies “but other areas in Greensboro have the same problems. Don’t have them if you’re not ready to support and raise them. Don’t leave that job to society or taxpayers
Good gosh, Rebel. I was being sarcastic. I’m from east Greensboro and do not live there now. So I have seen both sides of the fence.
Hightower always tries to exclude those from places that are not her district. Therefore if she had her way my child would not be eligible.
Hey dtf if you want to see where the problem lies look up these numbers in the 50s,60s and into the early 70s black families had a 70-80% two parent household now it’s maybe 30%. So where should the blame be placed.
I’m pretty sure DTF was being sarcastic there dude. They were agreeing with you. Way to make enemies out of friends.
Sorry if I offended anyone but if you read the comment it can be either way never take a chance shoot first then sort it out
Watch out Greensboro. Here comes don to the rescue.
I thought I smelled douche.
Question: Why is it that County Government positions, and City positions are populated with mostly minorities …?
Don, is that even true? Is there actual data to support that statement or are you just saying that based on your own observation? I am just very suspect of the accuracy of that especially if you consider “mostly” as meaning a clear difference in majority representation and not just 1 more person than the other group. I’m genuinely curious, because that has not been my experience.