May 2017, Part II
Former Obama & Bloomberg Administration Officials To Serve As Coalition Senior Advisors. As first reported in Politico Playbook, the Path Forward Coalition announced this week that former Obama Administration official Broderick Johnson and former Bloomberg Administration official Robert Doar will be serving the organization as senior advisors. Johnson is currently a partner at Bryan Cave LLP and was formerly Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama, as well as chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. Robert Doar currently serves as the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and is the former Commissioner of Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services under NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. To read more about the announcement, click here.
Dallas Job Fair Connects Kids With Service Sector Opportunities. On May 19, the 100K Opportunities Initiative, the largest employer-led coalition focused on hiring opportunity youth, held a day-long hiring event in Dallas for 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school or working. The job fair featured over 1,700 guaranteed job interviews with top service sector employers including Starbucks, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Macy’s, and Walmart. According to the organization, “Each of the companies and organizations involved share a commitment to helping youth connect with employers and develop basic job skills. The goal is to get these young men and women into the workforce and on to a long-term pathway to success.” Starbucks representative John Kelly told CBS 11, “We’re trying to change people’s mindset about these young people who are out of school and out of work. If given a chance, most of them will surprise you, they’ll be great employees, they’ll take advantage of these opportunities and they will make your business better.”
Minneapolis High School Students Learn Skills Through Culinary Arts. City Pages Food & Drink recently profiled The Heyday Project, a seven-week culinary educational program for Minneapolis youth. This first-of-its-kind project brings together high school students from Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School to cook side-by-side with local chef and restaurant owner Jim Christiansen, providing lessons on work ethic, entrepreneurship and follow-through in a real-life setting. Students are tasked with developing a four-course tasting menu, which they will cook and serve to the public during an upcoming dinner. Artist Mark Rivard, who runs the project through Rivard Art Education, explained: “I first ask them to realize if [they’re] inspired about something. Then I ask what was inspiring about it. Then I ask, ‘Did the inspiration become passion?’ If so, that passion becomes a part of you. And passion is opportunity.”
Palm Springs Restaurant Staff Serves Up Decades Of Experience. On May 21, the Los Angeles Times profiled Melvyn’s restaurant, where employees have worked together for over four decades, serving past customers ranging from Frank Sinatra to infamous conman John Compton Harvey. Dining room captain Bobby Bolduc, 81, has 42 years under his belt at Melwyn’s, while maitre d’ Brian Ellis, who started off as a backroom waiter under Bolduc, has worked at the restaurant for 42 years. The dining staff have worked to keep the era of the bygone 1970’s alive with consistent work ethic and attention to detail, even down to their clothes. While the restaurant was recently bought out, Ellis said, “Unless they tell us to go, we’ve got no other place we need to be.”
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