MyCom is an economic driver for our future workers! 

The benefits of youth employment and job experiences reach beyond just the teen employee. Youth employment is beneficial to the employer, the economy and the community as a whole. For an employer it’s an opportunity to mentor youth and give back to the community that supports them. Many employers even find a potential year-round employee. Cleveland Height’s student, Tylaia Range, was placed in a Y.O.U. summer job last year at the Cleveland Heights Service Department. Due to her strong work ethic, she was quickly offered full-time work throughout the school year and the opportunity to continue employment after graduation. Tylaia learned crucial employability skills and her employer found a hard-working and dedicated young employee.

A policy report done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2012 tells of the importance of connecting youth to job experience early in life and as a result strengthening the future workforce. The report talks of the disconnection between youth and work often causing continued unemployment later in life due to a changing workforce and the increasing amount of experience expected even for entry- level jobs. The report states, “This waste of talent and earning potential has profound consequences for these young people, and for our economy, and our nation. When young people lack connections to jobs and school, government spends more to support them.” Young people are in need of work, and businesses need trained employees interested in their field. To read more about the importance of connecting employers and youth, view the entire report here.

Opportunities that YOUR BUSINESS can offer.

Youth Employment
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) has acted as the implementing lead agency for Youth Employment. This component emphasizes summer employment, year-round employment, plus career development and exploration. The Cleveland Foundation, County and City partners, businesses, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) have worked together to leverage dollars for summer youth employment

Organizations and businesses, looking for:
Ways to join the network

Leave a request on the MyCom line at 216-698-8927

Ways to offer summer jobs/internships/job shadowing
Visit Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) at

Ways to become a funding partner
Call the Cleveland Foundation at 216-861-3810

Networking opportunities with other organizations through a neighborhood mobilization team
Call Neighborhood Leadership Institute at 216-812-8700

My Connection for Life: Business opportunities