Kevin Seawright is the CFO of a company that is helping Newark students have successful futures. His company, the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, has joined NewarkWorks to start a summer employment program for local teens. Prominent local people and organizations are also helping with the effort.
The program is called the Summer Youth Employment Plan and is a six-week event. Students will be paid to work with local businesses and will also receive instruction in basic business knowledge. They will learn about financial business basics, college readiness, personal empowerment and will receive job training.
This year, 350 students have already applied through the program’s online-only application process. Kevin Seawright says the online process has increased student participation over past years. The goal is to employ 3,500 students in the 2016 event. Last year saw 3,000 students employed in the summer program.
In addition to employment, students will have an opportunity to learn how to open savings accounts and checking accounts. The program has partnered with two local banks to assist with this, TD Bank and Santander Bank. Seawright told WorldClassMagazines that this will help students start off on the right foot and will benefit them for years to come. Students will be paid minimum wage during their summer employment, and the program will run from July 5 to Aug. 16.
Kevin Seawright is also the Executive Vice President of the Newark CEDC, which helps the economic development of the Newark, New Jersey, area. Previously, Seawright worked for the Department of Recreation and Parks in Maryland. In that position, he helped distribute over $50 million in funding to benefit local and federal interests. He also worked in education where he helped create annual budgets. Check Kevin Seawright on SoundCloud to follow him further.