Summer Jobs and Internships needed for our youth

Wilfredo “Wil” Rojas, M.Ed. | 8/6/2017, 1:28 p.m.
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Our black and brown students’ goal for the summer should be to gain greater insight into what kind of work appeals to them. We can sit and wait for Washington, DC to seriously implement Trump’s 10-Point Plan for Black America with wishful thinking that perhaps, maybe some legitimate representatives of the various disenfranchised communities will be appointed to implement these 10 points.

While we hold our breath waiting for this to actually happen, locally we can begin encouraging the participation of socially conscious business entities in the hiring and internship placements for minority high school and college students. These young people who deserve the chance to acquire the tools and realize the benefits that a job or an internship will provide in building on their future career interest and help them on the path to becoming tax-paying contributors to society. These opportunities can show them the value of a positive job experience.

Personally, I would like to see legislation that will allocate at least 25% of all tax credits available in any year specifically to create summer employment opportunities for high school and college students with an emphasis in having participants proportionally reflect the demographics of the targeted communities.

Wilfredo “Wil” Rojas, M.Ed., serves as communications chair and special assistant to Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County NAACP and 2nd vice-president of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference.