Huntsville Housing Authority helping young people connect with employers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Huntsville Housing Authority is building on its "All Lives Matter" campaign with a summer jobs initiative.

The campaign began in January as a response to the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. It was the housing authority's proactive approach to improving police-community relations.

In March, HHA hosted a basketball tournament that introduced teens to some of the officers in the Huntsville Police Department.

HHA Executive Director Michael Lundy said, "out of that, what the kids said to us was that they need to have some summer jobs."

The housing authority again responded, this time organizing a job-preparedness workshop and job fair at Oscar Mason Court.

On Tuesday, about two dozen young people, ages 15 to 21, attended a seminar led by Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. They learned about proper interview attire and interviewing skills.

Then, the job fair began. Participating employers included temporary staffing agencies, fast-food chains, landscaping and construction companies and more.

One candidate, Jeremiah Irby, said he was looking for, "a steady job until I go off to college."

"I think this is just one additional program that we can administer that will reap positive outcomes," Lundy said.

Young people who participated in the job initiative were invited to play in a basketball tournament on June 3-4 at the Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium on Mason Court.