As summer begins winding down, I wanted to bring to your attention this very funny short video about the best summer internship ever!
Although the video is humorous, its message -- about the importance of first jobs and youth employment in the city -- is a serious one. The video also underscores the YMCA's role as one of New York City's leading youth employers. The organization currently employs more than 5,000 full- and part-time and seasonal staff members across New York City -- including more than 1,800 youth staff between the ages of 14 and 24 currently working primarily in citywide camps and after school programs.
Many of these young men and women -- the majority of whom are working their very first job -- are lifeguards who teach our members how to swim and keep them safe in the water. Others are camp counselors who ensure that children have a wholesome and enriching experience under the Y care. These jobs foster a sense of responsibility and reflect our commitment to the communities in which these youths will become leaders.
So, while we hope you enjoy this funny short, we also encourage businesses, NGOs and community organizations to bolster their internship and youth employment programs to help propel the city and the nation's young people onto positive career paths.