WMST senior was featured in the Washington Post
Javon Brown, a WMST senior, was featured in the Washington Post
Posted on 09/26/2017
Javon Brown, 17, uses his phone to fill out an application for a job at StarbucksJavon Brown, a WMST senior, was featured in the Washington Post.  He attended DC's Annual Job Fair.  He was quoted saying, "...he wants to attend college next year and needs to earn money to pay for it" and “I’m hoping to wow them with the skills that I have." He printed his résumé at the fair and participated in a practice interview, learning the importance of a firm handshake and eye contact. He landed a job with Five Guys at the fair.

Companies such as Starbucks and Five Guys doled out job offers on the spot last week to people ages 16 to 24 in the Washington region. A large portion of those people were both out of work and out of school. About 5,000 teens and young adults attended the D.C. Opportunity Fair, with Hilton, Nordstrom, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service among about 30 employers hoping to add young Washingtonians to their ranks.

The fair was part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a component of a program spearheaded by Starbucks founder Howard Schultz. It now aims to hire 1 million young people across the country by 2020 who are both out of work and out of school.