His plan is to promote the work ethic and basic life skills necessary for youth in Newark, NJ to successfully become college graduates; increasing the local percentage of the college educated. Kevin Seawright is the CFO for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC). He knows the importance of helping young people get a hand up. This is not the first time he has worked in his community to bring needed changes through promotion of the youth. He is aiming to get 3,500 area high school students employed with summer jobs. Along with the new experience of entering the workplace, the students will also be trained in basic personal finance management. Each student hired will be given bank savings and checking accounts, then they will be taught how to balance their accounts and manage the money they earn.
Over 350 students have applied to the program, which Seawright has worked to make a very streamlined process online, as opposed to the slower paperwork method of past years. What used to take approximately six weeks is now reduced to about a 30 minute process. He says the entire team at CEDC is excited to work together to help set the future for local young people. Thanks to this program, many deserving students in Newark will have an opportunity to not only attend college, but also become incredibly successful with a full foundation of support.
This 6-week summer job program gives each student the start to their professional resume, encourages saving money, and supplies much needed income to prepare to enter college. This year, not only has Seawright improved the application process, he has also increased the number of summer job openings. Students in the program will also receive valuable training lectures that will better prepare them for the college experience. Kevin Seawright has explained to LocalTalkNews that this program has several goals, all surrounding supporting area youth becoming successful college graduates.
Besides NCEDC’s CFO, Kevin Seawright is also the Executive Vice President of the organization whose mission is finding ways to increase business and civility in a community that has faced many challenges. Before this important role, he was the CFO and Facilities Officer for the Departments of Recreation and Parks in Maryland. His commitment to educating his community in effective financial management as well as forward-thinking planning is evidenced by this program. In the past, he has had projects with many millions of dollars budgeted and has been effective in managing them.