Hire KC is the original, signature youth employment program started by Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James. In 2017, Mayor James expanded the initiative from a city hall program into a citywide youth success platform managed by the KC Social Innovation Center
Today, Hire KC Youth aligns and organizes the region’s work-based experiences to support opportunity equity, and illuminate career pathways so that all youth can learn and grow into promising futures.
Our aim is to democratize the path and distance to opportunity—not only a physical distance but also a social and aspirational distance.
Hire KC explores how to impact youth knowing that the future of work is rapidly changing. By 2020, 65% of all jobs will require more than a high school diploma, up from 28% in 1973, but only 24% of those jobs will require a 4-year degree.