Careers Employment

Grant funds Urban League program to connect businesses, minorities

CANTON – A program hoping to help local companies recruit and retain young minority workers has started locally, with the aid of national grant.

The Greater Stark County Urban League is using a $20,000 grant through the YES Project to have three young consultants work with three local businesses on ideas to attract younger employees. Joining the Urban League on the project are the Kenan Advantage Group, Aultman Health Foundation and Akron-Canton Airport.

Plans are to take the ideas developed through the program and use them as a base for a broader program that can be used by more of the area’s employers.

“We want the program to expand throughout the community,” said Diane Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Stark County Urban League.

Diane Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Stark County Urban League, discusses a grant for a program to help businesses trying to build their workforce connect with young adults and minorities.

Young consultants will work with local businesses 

The YES Project stands for young, employed and successful. It’s a national youth employment initiative led by America’s Promise Alliance, which believes that every young person seeking a job should be able to find one and thrive once they are hired.

Strengthening Stark learned of the grant program and suggested the Urban League apply, Robinson said. She had James Warner II, one of the agency’s three employment navigators, lead the effort to secure the grant.