It used to be that graduating from high school and matriculating from college was enough to ensure a place in society. But now — as observed by the work on young adulthood by Jeffery Arnnett at Clark University — the next generation needs to be experienced in the cultures of the world to succeed!
When Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett calls local employers and foundation leaders to drum up support for “Earn & Learn” — a summer jobs program he launched a decade ago — he speaks in plain terms about the benefits of providing young people the chance to work.
Despite an overall decline in federal funding for summer jobs programs, Milwaukee’s Earn & Learn program — which links young people to employers that range from the local power company to powerhouse law firms — has done more than just stay afloat. It has also grown to serve more young people than ever in its 10-year history.
When Myles Davis found out about Milwaukee’s Summer Youth Internship Program — a component of the Mayor’s Earn & Learn Program that enables students to work for one of 13 city departments — he jumped at the opportunity. “I was about to graduate from high school and I didn’t want to be broke during the summertime,” recalled Davis, who is currently a freshman who plans to major in musical theater at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. “I needed some cash.
After-school programs are helping reduce gang activity, crime and child obesity, five mayors of U.S. cities said Tuesday at the National After-School Summit, a one-day conference in Los Angeles.