Path Forward Coalition Applauds Employment Commitments Announced in Support of My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

#FirstJob Hiring and Recruiting Compact will help expand employment opportunity for nation’s youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Path Forward Coalition issued the below statement in support of the #FirstJob Hiring and Recruiting Compact unveiled by the White House today as part of a series of new commitments in support of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative. The #FirstJob Compact is a private sector commitment that serves to share best practices for recruiting, hiring, and supporting out-of-school, out-of-work young Americans.

“The #FirstJob Hiring and Recruiting Compact will provide critical job training and skill development to millions of workers around the country,” said Path Forward spokesperson Jamie Rhoades. “The service sector recognizes the value of investing in job training and educational programs that empower workers with new skills to build their resumes and move up the career ladder, but also the benefits of promoting a more diverse workforce today and for future generations. This compact demonstrates the new opportunities that can be created through public-private partnerships that promote upward mobility and build opportunity for all Americans.”

The #FirstJob Compact includes principles designed with leading companies to improve opportunities, job training, and skills development for all Americans. This includes steps to increase access to jobs and internships for young workers with little or no prior experience, promote partnerships that recruit opportunity youth, and encourage support and skills training for them once hired to help set them on a career pathway.

Path Forward is a project of the National Retail Federation and the National Restaurant Association that serves as a voice for hundreds of thousands of job-creating businesses across the country that are invested in providing workers a path forward to new opportunities. For more information about Path Forward, visit and follow us on Twitter @PathFwdWork.