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09 April 2018

Massive Job Fair For Atlanta Youth Scheduled for May 3rd at the Georgia World Congress Center

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™, a coalition of America’s leading companies and foundations, is joining forces with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and more than 75 local leaders and service providers to host the Atlanta Opportunity Fair at the Georgia World Congress Center on May 3.

The day-long job and resource fair will launch an unprecedented long-term effort to bring jobs and economic opportunity to young people ages 16-24. Any youth interested in attending can now register for free at www.100kOpportunities.org/Atlanta.

Recruiters from more than 25 leading U.S. employers including FedEx, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Five Guys, HMSHost, Taco Bell, Arby’s and more plan to conduct more than 1,800 job interviews at the Atlanta Opportunity Fair for full-time and part-time entry-level positions available across the Atlanta metro area. The event will also feature dozens of free employment and education resources, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; tips on business attire; opportunities for civic engagement such as voter registration and national service; resources to connect with mentors in the community; the chance to build an online profile with LinkedIn’s experts; and more.

“I am pleased that Atlanta has been selected to host the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement. "As we work to expand our economy, we must ensure that all our young people can realize their potential, especially those who face systemic barriers to access to employment and education.

"This initiative will strengthen our efforts to make sure that as Atlanta prospers, no one is left behind."

The May 3 Atlanta Opportunity Fair is the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative's seventh job and resource fair nationally. It is supported by the Schultz Family Foundation, in partnership with many of the region’s leading businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and civic leaders to employ thousands of Atlanta-area youth, accelerating the coalition’s efforts to achieve their ambitious goal.

"Our business community is eager to get involved and demonstrate how we’re producing a robust workforce through corporate engagement and community outreach,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

The Atlanta Opportunity Fair is expected to be the region’s largest-ever job fair aimed at employing and energizing Opportunity Youth. The following national and local leaders and organizations are working with employers to host the Atlanta Opportunity Fair: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Center for Working Families, City of Atlanta, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta eXchange for Workforce Solutions, Schultz Family Foundation, United Way and more.