City and Accenture hosts employment signing day for city’s summer youth program
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City and Accenture hosts employment signing day for city’s summer youth program

Photo by Donnell Suggs/The Atlanta Voice

A young woman made her way to the podium and looked down at her notes. Cassipea Stith was once one of the Atlanta youth being given a summer job through the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program and now she was addressing them about what the program and the opportunity it wrought did for her.

“Continue to be present like you are today and the rest will work out,” she explained. Stith, who is preparing to enter law school in Chicago in the fall, worked for the City of Atlanta as a summer youth employee and she spoke of how that experience has changed her life and professional trajectory. 

“So many stories like that play in my mind,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens after Stith left the dais. “I believe this program can serve as a launchpad for their careers. To the young people that are here today, I am urging you to embrace the opportunities with an open mind.” Dickens shared stories of working at a local Wendy’s and Publix as a youth and how having a summer job was important to him.