The Importance of Youth Jobs: Way More Than a Paycheck

December 2, 2013

A first job often means so much more than a paycheck. It can mean a connection to a lifelong mentor, the ability to envision a career path, a boost in self-confidence, an appreciation for the value of education, an off-ramp from a life on the streets, a belief that you can be something. But you don’t have to take our word for it.

At the White House Youth Jobs+ Champions of Change event in Fall 2013, the youth Champions spoke eloquently about what their first jobs meant to them. For Deshawn Shepherd, a young Chicagoan who worked at FedEx through a program run by One Summer Chicago and Phalanx Family Services, it was the simple things – like learning from a mentor how to tie a tie, and feeling satisfied about being productive after a long, tiring day of work.

Watch the video below to meet some of the Youth Jobs+ Champions of change and continue reading here.