Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, has invested a great deal in revitalizing its appeal to businesses in order to provide more employment opportunities to those seeking work and welcoming new companies to the city. As the summer season approaches, Kevin Seawright of the Newark Economic Development Corporation is taking part in this initiative by partnering with NewarkWorks to help young people find work at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
The Summer Youth Employment Plan is the initiative that is looking to pair these young people with paid work for a period of six weeks. Students will be interested in this initiative as statistics show a high correlation of college success for students who have had prior employment experience. On top on the opportunity to earn money and have a degree of social preparedness for college life, students will also receive educational training in financial literacy and management along with seminars on personal empowerment, which is being aided by key Newark figures and installations like Santander Bank and TD Bank.
Seawright has been vocal in his support for such partnerships that aim to export crucial education to students who are taking the early steps into independence and adulthood. Many of these students will be employed for the first time in their lives, and Seawright believes that being educated on how to manage their money will be crucial to managing life in college and later on in life.
Having opened up the application process through the internet, Seawirght has seen an enthusiastic response to the initiative through many interested students looking for work before heading off to college. By streamlining the process, Seawright hopes to best 2015’s number of applicants (3,000) by at least 500.
Kevin Seawight is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation. The NCEDC’s mission is to better develop Newark’s economy by attracting innovative business that could better benefit New Jersey’s largest city. By forging partnerships with essential Newark businesses, Seawright has personally taken part in attracting business talents to New Jersey.
Before coming to work for the NCEDC, Seawright worked as Chief Financial and Facilities Officer for Maryland’s Departments of Recreation and Parks, administering more than $50 million in funds taken from numerous governmental organizations. His skills in financial management led to a career in the world of education, where he was charged with budgeting more than $200 million for the construction of schools and the maintenance of local infrastructures, and an additional $600 million for structural development in surrounding areas. Seawright also spent time as the Director of Operations at the Collington Life Care Community, overseeing the care and quality of life of more than 500 residents on the property.