Oakland and Richmond Mayors Join Coalition of Top Businesses, Community Partners, and Celebrities for Largest Hiring Event in the San Francisco Bay Area Focused on Connecting Young Men of Color to Jobs

OAKLAND, California – To address the opportunity-divide among one of the fastest-growing populations facing the highest rates of youth unemployment in California – boys and young men of color (YMoC) –  the Bay Area Young Men of Color Employment Partnership (BAYEP) is hosting the largest hiring event focused on YMoC in the San Francisco Bay Area. This event, which will be held in Oakland on October 17, is part of larger movement to address persistently high youth unemployment rate among minorities and to help employers build diverse talent pipelines.

With unemployment rates high as 57 percent in some areas, BAYEP was founded in 2016 by the Bay Area Council, LeadersUp, PolicyLink, United Way Bay Area and the Urban Strategies Council to connect YMoC (African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian Pacific Islanders) to sustainable careers. Building upon the success of last year’s inaugural summit where 355 youth received job offers on the spot and 929 youth received career development services, the goal is to connect twice as many young adults to career pathways this year. The career summit serves as a starting point for continued 12-to-18 months of professional development support from BAYEP to ensure participating hiring managers and young adults hired are mutually successful.

“The BAYEP Career Pathway Summit is a key piece of our collective efforts to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our population are getting connected to viable career pathways, and that employers across our region are building a workforce that reflects the talent and diversity in our communities,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “The future of Oakland depends on each young person having the opportunity and training to apply their skills towards this fast growing economy.”

The career summit is proudly presented by the Lumina Foundation with support from the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), Kaiser Permanente, James Irvine Foundation, Prudential, Microsoft and LinkedIn. This event is open to all community members with a focus on YMoC from the nine counties and 101 municipalities that comprise the Bay area. More than 20 companies are expected to interview candidates, including the AHLA, AT&T, Bank of the West, Chipotle, Hingeto, Lyft, Macy’s, Noah’s New York Bagels, SweetGreens, United Airlines, University of San Francisco and ICA Small Business.

“The American Hotel and Lodging Association and American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation are proud to sponsor the BAYEP Career Pathway Summit,” said Katherine Lugar, President and CEO of AHLA. “AHLA, AHLEF and BAYEP are committed to recruiting diverse talent and creating career pathways and economic mobility for anyone willing to succeed, especially in the hospitality industry. We take pride in this industry’s strong commitment to workforce training and development and providing a pathway to long-term employment.”

Young Adults Can Pre-Register for Job Interviews at the BAYEP Career Pathway Summit

Leading up to the career summit, BAYEP co-founder, LeadersUp, is hosting a series of free in-person and digital professional development training sessions across the region. The trainings are designed to prepare community members to successfully interview with employers by providing support with mock interviews, resume building and tips for building a professional network via LinkedIn. Most importantly, training participants will have advance access to schedule interviews with employers at the career summit. Bay area residents can text BAYEP to 64600 for the complete training schedule and to reserve their spot.

The Career Summit Provides an Immersive and Engaging Hiring Experience

In addition to the on-the-spot hiring opportunities, the career summit includes a robust schedule of interactive and inspiring activities, starting with the town hall and pinning ceremony that leads to a full day of Center Stage performances and guest speakers that will be live streamed via the BAYEP Facebook page.