Mayor's Office Press Release

Houston Youth to Participate in White House Summer Opportunity Project
Topics Include Communication, Networking, Project Management and Conflict Resolution

Hire Houston Youth HISD Service Works Volunteer Houston

August 1, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner, Volunteer Houston and Points of Light are pleased to announce the launch of the ServiceWorks Skill-Building Bootcamp, a White House Opportunity Project.  This high-energy, immersive experience will feature workshops, interactive discussions and a service project benefitting the Houston community.  Participants will be 150 area youth between the ages of 16 – 24 who have successfully completed summer employment through the Hire Houston Youth Program.

“There is a strong link between volunteerism and employability,” said Mayor Turner.  “By volunteering, young job seekers gain experience, develop new skills and strengthen their own networks.  Employers are increasingly placing value on job candidates who demonstrate civic commitment.  It can often be the deciding factor in a competition between two candidates of equal experience.”

Mayor Turner and Points of Light Chair Neil Bush will kick off the day-long workshop during a 9 a.m. news conference at Carnegie Vanguard High School on August 6, 2016.  This event will serve as the official Houston launch of ServiceWorks, a national partnership between Points of Light, AmeriCorps and the Citi Foundation. Starting in August, ServiceWorks will be hosted at two local organizations, Volunteer Houston and World Youth Foundation, and will provide hundreds of underserved 16-24 year-olds a pathway to college and career success through volunteering and service during the 2016-17 school year.

Approximately 500 young adults were employed this summer at some of Houston’s leading companies through the Hire Houston Youth program.

About Hire Houston Youth
Hire Houston Youth provides local youth with an 8 week summer job or internship experience. Students work between 32-40 hours a week for 7 weeks, earning at least $8 an hour.

About Volunteer Houston
For 41 years, Volunteer Houston has been the City's sole referral service connecting volunteers to a broad spectrum of diverse nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations all around Houston and its vicinity rely on Volunteer Houston to acquire over 50,000 volunteers per year.

About Points of Light
Points of Light helps millions of volunteers change the world by mobilizing people to take action on the causes they care about through innovative programs, events and campaigns.  Points of Light is creating a culture of volunteerism, one that celebrates the power of service.

About the White House Summer Opportunity Project
Launched in February 2016, the goal of the Summer Opportunity Project is to increase the number of young Americans participating in evidence-based summer opportunity programs, decrease the percentage of youth experiencing violence over the summer, and make sure that young Americans have the support they need to get their first job.