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Davenport Holds Roundtable To Help Youth Enter Workforce


Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba is hosting a roundtable discussion Friday morning, June 14, 2013.

The goal is to get disadvantaged youth out into the workforce. And local businesses are coming together to talk about opportunities.

Finding a job can be tough as it is and teens looking for summer work have no exception.

With the help of the teen job fair in Davenport last month, things were a little bit easier for the hundreds that showed up.

The surprising number that came to the event is part of the reason behind Friday's roundtable discussion in Davenport.

The round table is just one of 4 nation-wide.

In April, President Obama issued a challenge to businesses, non-profits and government to work together to provide opportunities and work for low-income and disadvantaged teens.

The end goal is to help reduce youth violence, while giving them the chance to better their lives.

A lot of that is already happening in Davenport, following the success of the teen job fair, more businesses want to get on board.

In May, twenty employers were on hand.

Businesses like Happy Joe's, North Park Mall and Hy-Vee.

Job seekers we spoke to then say they have been looking for work but say its tough to find something.

Mayor Gluba explains the importance of the youth job fair.

"It's tough for everybody to find work, but especially kids. They don't necessarily know how to do it. Some of them think they just sit home behind a computer."

Job fairs and Friday's round table discussion will aim to resolve that issue.

The AmeriCorp National Civilian Community will kick off the conversation.

The round table discussion starts at 10:00 a.m. at River Music Experience.

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