The 21 students who will work in the ShopRite of Newark this summer as part of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Summer Youth Employment program will train with mentors and rotate through different departments as they prepare for potential careers in retail.
There are so many different parts to the supermarket business –- everything from customer service to merchandising, inventory control, food service, logistics, communications and health and wellness -- and we look forward to teaching young people about those industry opportunities, Jerry Manley, director of operations for the ShopRite of Newark, told those who gathered for the press conference Wednesday at City Hall.
“We also hope to share our enthusiasm and love for the business with young people, because we also think it’s important to inspire people to do what they are passionate about,” added Manley.
“This is vastly more than giving kids a paycheck and keeping them off the street for the summer," noted Mayor Baraka. "We are preparing our youth for success in college and in the workplace and teaching them life skills to help them thrive in whatever career they choose."
A total of 2,700 young people will be employed in Newark this summer through the Summer Youth Employment Program, a unique public private partnership between local businesses, universities, hospitals and banks. The mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program was also recognized by the White House as one of 16 Summer Impact Hubs programs in the country.