“Mayor Michael Nutter and other city officials reached out to employers asking them to hire one or more teens this summer,” Newsworks reports. “‘The call here is to ask every employer in Philadelphia to hire at least one young person this summer, give a person an opportunity … show them what you do at your job, your office, your business,’ Nutter said. ‘Give them a chance to get some life skills, get some work skills, make a little money this summer.'”
Last summer, more than 18,000 teens applied for summer jobs — just 8,000 found work. Newsworks said it costs employers about $1,700 to provide the summer job.