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[Press] Oakland group working to prepare teens for job interviews

This news article written by Leslie Brinkley on July 14, 2016 is about helping "break a vicious cycle of violence among youth and young adults" by helping build resumes and giving job interview advice. BOSS is mentioned as an organization sponsoring the career session.


The city of Oakland in conjunction with President Obama's My Brothers Keeper Alliance and local community groups are working together trying to break a vicious cycle of violence among youth and young adults.

Dequan Taylor, 22, was shot in the shoulder two weeks ago. He has four children to support and needs a job.

The group will help him put a resume together. "You don't got to worry about street violence or worry about anyone harming you. All you got to worry about is getting a job and trying to succeed and progress," job seeker Taylor said.

Next week, at the Boys and Men Career Summit in Oakland, 350 good jobs with major companies will be up for grabs. "These are not summer jobs, these are not temporary jobs. These are career opportunities that are specifically welcoming young men of color," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said.

Schaff offered encouragement at this career session sponsored by leaders up and BOSS.

A chance to do mock interviews and set up LinkedIn profiles.

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