By Gabrielle Bon Durant
Special to the Observer
This summer employers in Culver City have started to adopt President Obama’s initiative to provide summer jobs and job training for low-income, underprivileged youth.
The “Summer Jobs Program” has resulted in nearly 300,000 employment opportunities for youth throughout the United States. Culver City is doing it’s part by allowing internship opportunities with corporations like Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sports Studio, and Symantec just to name a few; as well as providing employment opportunities.
Culver City has provided youth mentoring programs for at risk youth in the community since 1998; combined with the “Summer Jobs Challenge” underprivileged youth of Culver City will have plenty of opportunities for work and practical on the job training this summer.
Thus far the initiative has received positive feedback both locally and nationally. There have even been endorsements from celebrities such as Betty White who talk about the importance of summer jobs and the impact they have on youth on the White House’s website, You can also find video clips with the Obama Administration and other famous people talking about their first summer job experiences in their youth and how it has shaped them. For more information regarding the Summer Jobs Challenge visit: http://whitehouse.gov/economy/jobs/summerjobs.