Mayor Ed Lee’s plan for 5,000 youth jobs needs to be implemented now 

Mayor Ed Lee stood beside Rep. Nancy Pelosi recently and announced a bold plan to create 5,000 summer jobs for youths in San Francisco.

Lee rolled out San Francisco Summer Jobs+, which is a response to President Barack Obama’s call to create jobs for youths this summer. The program is ambitious in its scope, but it is also much-needed to create employment opportunities for young people in this city.

The plan is for half of the 5,000 jobs for the 16- to 24-year-olds to be created in the public sector through a collaboration with United Way Bay Area. The other half of the jobs are supposed to be with positions in the private sector.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee has approved a resolution that calls on Lee to raise $2.5 million from the private sector to support the hiring of youths by city agencies.

Lee has called the summer employment plan an “all-hands-on-deck moment.” The announcement and outline of the plan is the first step. Now it is time for the public and private entities involved to make the needed jobs become a reality.

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