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15 May 2013

Fulton County Republican Party Launches Summer Jobs Program to Combat High Teen Unemployment

(Teens and parents gather at Atlanta Dream Center for Fulton County GOP job fair. Photo by Fulton County Republican Party.)
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Georgia has the third highest teen unemployment rate in the nation [Couret, Jacques (7 May 2013). Georgia teen unemployment third-highest in U.S. Atlanta Business Chronicle. Retrieved on 15 May 2013.]. 30.6% of Georgia's teens are unemployed. Only South Carolina and California have higher teen unemployment levels.

Fulton County Republicans hope to reverse this trend with a summer jobs program called, "Everyone Can Achieve!"

Saturday, 11 May 2013, the Fulton County GOP hosted a jobs fair at the Atlanta Dream Center for teens looking for work this summer. According to Claire Bartlett, Executive Director for the Fulton County Republican Party, eighty teens attended the event.

The Everyone Can Achieve program features three mandatory training sessions to teach teens dress for success, communicating in the work place ("yes" vs. "yeah"), business etiquette, working with teams, customer service, interview questions, and interview role play. Parental involvement is also required.

Bartlett says Fulton County Republicans are actively seeking businesses who are hiring interns, part-time, and full-time employees.

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