MAYOR NUTTER HOSTS TEEN SUMMER JOB & OPPORTUNITIES FAIR

MAYOR NUTTER HOSTS
TEEN SUMMER JOB & OPPORTUNITIES FAIR

Wawa, Temple and Santander support youth program

Philadelphia, April 26, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter hosted a Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair focused on paid summer employment, volunteer positions and basic training for youth ages 14 – 21 years old. As part of the Fun Safe Philly Summer campaign, the Fair offered trainings to youth on resume building, interview skills and financial literacy and direct access to employers. About 1,000 students and their parents attended the Fair, which provided access to more than 550 job and volunteer opportunities in Philadelphia. The fair was held at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center.

“One of the most important ways we can support young people is to ensure that they have access to opportunities to grow, learn and begin to engage in the workforce,” said Mayor Nutter. “Today’s Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair does that by bringing youth, trainers and employers together to build knowledge and connect youth to summer employment and volunteer opportunities. I congratulate all of the youth who attended today’s Fair for investing in their future.”

As part of its sponsorship, Wawa provided free lunches and totes to all participants, raffle prize gift cards and resume and interview skills training.

“At Wawa we are thrilled to be able to provide assistance to this very important cause,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s President and CEO.  “Especially in our hometown of Philadelphia, we are passionate about creating jobs and economic impact, and it’s great to see our city rallying behind the next generation of great minds and future leaders.”

Kenneth E. Lawrence, Senior Vice President for Governmental Relations at Temple University, said, “As a civic and educational leader, Temple University is happy to host the Teen Summer Job & Opportunities Fair to help connect Philadelphia teens with employers and job training opportunities. We’re proud to join the City of Philadelphia in working to ensure all teens have productive and safe summers.”

Mayor Nutter added, “I would like to thank the sponsors of today’s Fair including Wawa, Temple University, Santander, and the employers who helped to ensure that young people have employment and volunteer opportunities this summer. I would also like to thank our partners for their work creating this important event: Fun Safe Philly Summer, PhillyGoes2College, Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services, the Philadelphia Youth Commission, KEYSPOTs, Philadelphia Works, the Philadelphia Youth Network, SERVE Philadelphia and PhillyRising.”

In addition, Santander provided interested youth with free checking accounts; the Graduation Coaches Campaign provided information to parents and adults about paying for college and helping students graduate from high school; and Career Wardrobe, which provides individuals with work-ready clothing and career skills, hosted a career fashion show highlighting appropriate work attire.

Participants who attended the workshops were entered in to a raffle drawing including tickets to Phillies games in the Mayor’s box, as well as gift cards to Wawa, Starbucks and Fun Safe Philly Summer t-shirts.

For more information on summer youth programming options and for a full list of program start dates and times, call 3-1-1 or log on to www.funsafephillysummer.com. Follow Fun Safe Philly Summer on Twitter @PhillySummer or on Tumblr atwww.funsafephillysummer.tumblr.com.

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About Fun Safe Philly Summer
Fun Safe Philly Summer is an Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, city-wide, partnered initiative to provide Philadelphia youth with resources for programming and opportunities to stay active and engaged all summer long.  To find, available programming, fun, free activities and a summer meal location near you, log on to www.funsafephillysumer.com or follow FSPS on Twitter @PhillySummer. 

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey.  Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, Pa, in 1902.  The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process.  As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products.  Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATM’s.   A chain of more than 640 convenience retail stores (over 365 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and Central Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.

About Santander
Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the largest retail banks in the United States by deposits.  Its main corporate offices are in Boston and it operates principally in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Santander’s 9,469 employees serve its 1.8 million customers through the Bank’s 706 branches, 2,074 ATMs, call centers, website and mobile app. For more information about Santander, visit www.santanderbank.com or call 877-768-2265.

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