Minneapolis library hosts job fair for teens

8:37 PM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis job fair addressed an ongoing economic reality: teens are having a hard time finding a job.

On Saturday, about 1,000 teenagers attended the 2012 Teen Job Fair at the Minneapolis Central Library. And organizers say the event's popularity is due to a competitive marketplace still in the midst of recovery.

"There are a lot of adults applying for jobs that were historically teen jobs right now, just because there is high adult unemployment right now," said Cynthia Matthias, the Teen Central librarian and an organizer of the event.

Organizers believe it's critical for teenagers to have an opportunity to find jobs, given their need to save for their educational future and learn life-long professional skills.

"We just want kids to find out what opportunities are out there and find out how to apply. A lot of young people don't even know what's out there," Matthias said.

More than 30 businesses and organizations participated in the event, which was hosted by several groups, including: AchieveMpls; the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development; Mall of America; Minneapolis Workforce Centers; and Minneapolis Youth Congress.

And teens themselves said they attended, hoping for that one successful application that could open doors -- both in terms of their finances and their education.

"Maybe getting a job working with music, maybe like a music department or something," said Javon Stephens of Brooklyn Park.

Stephens added: "I feel bad asking my parents for money. I just want my own money coming in and start saving some money for college."

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