June 2012: Youth Employment Month

WHEREAS, during the summer of 2012, approximately 287,400 Michigan youth, ages 16-19, are projected to seek employment; of these teens, 211,500 are projected to find jobs, an increase of 6,700 from last summer; and,


WHEREAS, the contributions of local businesses, educational institutions, government and community groups are essential to the process of promoting and developing productive summer opportunities for youth; and,


WHEREAS, summer youth employment opportunities are offered within many Michigan industries, including agriculture, amusement and recreation services, lodging, camping, retail and restaurant; and, 


WHEREAS, during this month, we encourage Michigan employers to offer meaningful, safe and valuable work and volunteer opportunities to our youth, and to recognize that hiring young people, even if only for a summer, is an investment in the future of the Great Lakes State and our nation; 


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2012 as Youth Employment Month in Michigan.