Summer employment alert: City hosting virtual jobs fair for youth on March 20

Young people in Sacramento can learn about current stipend and employment opportunities offered by the City — as well as develop professional skills including resume enhancement — at a virtual job fair March 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (To register, use the links at the end of the article.)

“Young people in our communities are calling for more employment opportunities, and the City has answered,” said Kris Wimberly, Recreation Superintendent for Youth Workforce Development within the Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment Department.

This year’s virtual event features a variety of stipend and employment opportunities for young people ages 13-24 through the Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment (YPCE) Department as well as a new program from the Sacramento Public Library called Summer Youth Library Leadership. Many of the opportunities are for the summer season, while some are year-round.

The virtual event will also include focused job-skill development sessions presented by the City’s Department of Human Resources that will include tips and tools to build a job portfolio, enhance a resume and search online for City employment opportunities.

In years past, the Youth Job & Resource Fair was held at Sacramento City Hall. In 2020, the scheduled in-person event was canceled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Staff knew that we didn’t want to miss another year of the event and realized that having a virtual event would fit the bill,” Wimberly said.

In 2017, City Council unanimously passed the Citywide Youth Development Plan. This plan helps YPCE continue to prioritize youth support including opportunities to uplift young voices, said Wimberly. Also, federal CARES Act COVID-19 relief funding allowed the City to provide more youth jobs and stipend-based programming to young people ages 13 to 24.

“Even in unprecedented times like these, programs like the virtual employment fair can provide a leg up to young people in high school and college as they pursue their future careers,” said Sacramento Youth Commission Chair Naomi Piper-Pell, District 6. 

The virtual sessions will be available in three different age-specific Zoom rooms (13 and 15 years, 16 to 17 years and 18 to 24 years).

Here are the opportunities that will be highlighted:

Youth Workforce Development
Civic Engagement
Expanded Learning
  • Lifeguards – employment opportunity for various ages
  • Cashiers – employment opportunity 16+ years of age
Community Centers
  • Summer Camps Recreation Aide – employment opportunity 16+ years of age
Camp Sacramento
Sacramento Public Library
  • Summer Youth Library Leadership – stipend opportunity for 13-17 years of age

Ages 13-15 sign up here.

Ages 16 to 17 sign up here.

Ages 18 to 24 sign up here.