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City youth to get skills help

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city on Tuesday announced an initiative to improve employment opportunities for teens and young adults.

Mayor Richard J. Berry said the effort, Got Skills ABQ,  is aimed at helping 16- to 24-year-olds build skills and explore career options. The effort is led by the city’s Innovation Team, funded by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Among the initiatives launching this spring, according to a news release from the city:

— A digital skills certification program in which young people can demonstrate skills and competencies needed by employers.

— “Got Skills” media days at high schools modeled on NCAA signing days, where students announce new jobs and employers celebrate new hires.

— Accelerated project-related training for youths who accept summer jobs with the city.

— Quarterly career experience and mentorship opportunities with city departments.

— Work-study programs for youths interested in working in city government.

The Got Skills ABQ strategy includes building a network of private employers who facilitate career exploration opportunities, participate in skills-building initiatives and create new positions for youth. Companies interested in participating should contact i-team Co-Director Jacob Sanchez at [email protected]

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