Opportunity ATL Hosts 2nd Job and Resource Fair Targeted to Atlanta’s Out of Work and Out of School Youth October 16th

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Atlanta has more than 34,000 Opportunity Youth, which are youth ages 16 – 24 who are currently not in school nor employed. Often times these young people face barriers such as immigration issues, criminal records, homelessness, lack of child care resources and more that prevent them from finishing high school or college as well as becoming employed. Opportunity ATL Job and Resource Fair was created after a successful Opportunity Youth fair in May of 2018 that provided more than 600 on-the-spot job offers. October’s fair will be similar, albeit smaller, in that it will offer jobseekers the ability to participate in mock interviews, have help with resume building and application computers, clothing assistance, training resources, and other services in addition to the ability to meet and interview with Atlanta companies who are actively hiring.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; 9:00 AM Pre-fair Workshop for jobseekers; 11:00 AM Fair opens.

WHERE: Goodwill Career Center, 2201 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur, GA 30033 (Ongoing free shuttle service will be provided from the Decatur Marta station to the Fair from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Free parking available at fair location.)

OTHER: Job Fair Participants, please register at OpportunityATL.org.

HELP: Contact info@opportunityatl.org

MORE: In May 2018, Atlanta became the eighth city to hold a youth job and resource fair on behalf of 100,000 Opportunities Initiative – a national coalition of employers focused on hiring people between the ages of 16 and 24 years who are out of school and also not working, often referred to as Opportunity Youth (OY). The Atlanta fair connected more than 2,600 local youth to employment opportunities and other resources to promote their economic and social mobility. Because of the excitement, heavy engagement and overall effort of the Atlanta coalition, the city was named a “demonstration city” by the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to carry out long-term efforts serving OY in the Atlanta region, launching Opportunity ATL.