Newark Community Economic Development Corporation is taking aim to help students find employment. In a time when it is hard for experienced individuals to find work, chief financial officer of Newark CEDC, Kevin Seawright, is partnering with NewarkWorks and city officials to provide the Summer Youth Employment Plan. In the past applying for the program has been complicated taking up to six weeks for approval and work to pan out. However, now students can apply online in about 30 minutes. Seawright commends the process attributing the soaring number of applicants to the easy sign up process.
The program is developed to give students experience in the work world and prepare them for the future. Teaching students real-world skills will help them prepare for college and the careers that follow. As part of these real-world skills, Seawright has partnered with local banks to assist in teaching financial literacy courses to further prepare students to be on their own. The program will run for six weeks throughout the summer and will pay minimum wage at least. The experience gained by this program will be invaluable to the students who participate.
Seawright joined the Newark CEDC in 2015 after the company rebranded from Brick City Development Corporation. He worked in many different areas of local government, education and real estate in Baltimore and Washington D.C. With a masters in accounting from Almeda University, Seawright has experience in the financial sector especially in government areas. With his experience, Seawright has helped create sound accounting practices that have saved businesses he has worked with money as well as improving efficiency. He has worked in one of the largest Departments of Recreation and Parks in Maryland and handled large budgets with city and state funds. He can be trusted to use public money wisely and efficiently. He has also undergone an Executive Leadership Program by Norte Dame and received a Certificate of Achievement in the second part of the Nonprofit Fund Development Program as part of the Executive Leadership Program. Something that helped Kevin land the CFO position in the first place.
Newark CEDC is designed to encourage the growth of the Newark community by attracting businesses to the area and helping small businesses grow. They focus on minority owned small businesses offering advice and small business loans. Partnering with Newark Department of Economic & Housing Development to oversee economic development encouraging growth allowing the community of newark to flourish.