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Statement from Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City, on Mayor’s Center for Youth Employment

Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of The Partnership for New York City, issued the following statement on the Mayor’s new Center for Youth Employment. The Partnership for New York City, whose members employ over 1.5 million New Yorkers, is helping to fund the new center, a new mayoral initiative that will help the city’s young people gain the skills required to move out of poverty and to succeed in college and careers. The focus is on engaging private sector employers with the Department of Education and other city agencies and nonprofit groups that develop internships, mentors, summer jobs and other services for disadvantaged youth.

“This is the first major public-private partnership to be launched by the Mayor’s Fund and embraced by the business community as a shared priority. Business leaders share the concern of the de Blasio Administration that too many young people are not getting the education and work experience they need to qualify for a job that ‘pays the rent’ in New York City. Twenty-six Partnership members have contributed over $2.3 million in funding and job placement opportunities to launch the program.” – Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of The Partnership for New York City.