Pathfinders helping youth overcome employment barriers

Milwaukee and Pewaukee job fairs seek to fill openings

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Milwaukee nonprofit Pathfinders today is hosting a job fair for job seekers younger than 25.

The Pathways to Employment Youth Job Fair is being held today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pathfinders’ offices, 4200 N. Holton St., #405, Milwaukee. Job opportunities will include retail, customer service, warehouse, food service and other roles.

Among the employers participating in the fair are Walgreens, Wells Fargo, Journeys, Public Allies, Sprint, Panera Bread, Goodwill, Job Corps, Planned Parenthood of Southeast Wisconsin, Goodwill TalentBridge, Fight for $15, Journey House, Riverworks Development Corp., Wendy’s and McDonald’s.

Organized by a youth focus group that said it needed help moving beyond barriers to employment, the job fair is being offered through the Pathways to Employment and Youth Ultimately Making a Difference programs.

Pathfinders employees and volunteers have been holding resume workshops and offering free haircuts, clothing assistance and guidance to interested applicants to prepare for the job fair.

“We hope that employers become more informed about young people holistically, so they too, can nurture the development of our future generations, our future leaders,” said DeShanda Williams, program manager for Pathfinders’ Drop-In Center. “We hope that young people feel more hopeful about their future.”

Another upcoming job fair will be open to all job seekers.

The Workforce Development Center will host a job fair on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Waukesha County Technical College’s S Building, 800 Main St. in Pewaukee.

More than 130 public and private businesses and employment resource organizations will be on hand to hire for immediate openings in sectors including customer service, health care, hospitality, information technology, logistics, manufacturing, and sales.

Among the participating companies are Aurora Health Care, UPS, Generac, The Boucher Automotive Group, Time Warner Cable and Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.

The fair is free and does not require registration for job seekers.

“Events like the Workforce Development Center’s Job Fair bring together local businesses and our community’s skilled workforce to help businesses grow and positively impact our economic vitality. By supporting and hosting this job fair, we are helping build a stronger, more competitive southeast region,” said Laura Catherman, president, of the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Wahington Workforce Development Board, which is partnering to host the event.

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Molly Dill, former BizTimes Milwaukee managing editor.

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