As of February 27, 2016, Kevin Seawright, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Newark CEDC (Community Economic Development Corporation) has announced his partnership with NewarkWorks, as well as other prominent community figures, to find summer jobs for local young adults this year. This is called the Summer Youth Employment Plan and they hope to ensure six weeks of summer work for local Newark students. This plan will provide on-the-job training, empowerment lectures, lessons for more financial intelligence, and college readiness programs.
Unlike in the past, it is now required to apply online. “As of Monday, we had 350 youth applications already in. We have turned what is traditionally a six-week process into a thirty minute event.” Kevin Seawright said of the new online process.
They hope to increase the number of student jobs from 3,000 last year to 3,500 this year. Kevin Seawright has also partnered with Santander Bank and TD Bank in the hopes of giving the students more financial awareness. Seawright said, “This way, the students and individuals, can learn how to open their own checking and savings accounts. This is an event myself and the rest of the Newark CEDC team are really proud to be a part of. It gives us hope for the future of this incredible city.”
Kevin Seawright’s organization is an important economic development agency for Newark. Earlier in his career, Seawright transacted more than $50 million in city, state, and federal funding for one of Maryland’s largest Departments of Recreation and Parks while he was the Chief Financial and Facilities Officer. At one point, he was successful in completing more than $600 million in structure development. SoundCloud is a great place to follow Kevin for more.