Springfield youth meeting with potential summer employers

Job fair is sponsored by Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, American International College, UMass Center at Springfield and Florence Bank

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield youth are meeting with local employers Monday at a summer job fair sponsored by Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni.

Hoop Up Springfield is a daylong event that young people can attend to learn about employment opportunities for summer break. More than 50 participants were taken to Suit up Springfield before Monday’s job fair, to obtain interview attire.

Employers on-site at the event include Springfield Public Schools, Walmart, Stop & Shop, Starbucks, Smashburger, Six Flags, and Sears.

After the job fair portion of the event, there will be a basketball tournament at the American International College Butova Gymnasium.

“I think it’s pretty important when you work in the summer,” Ashley Rodriguez told 22News. It’s a sentiment shared by Phoenix Academy student Luis Veret. “It’s really important because you make a little money in the summer and you’re not on the street like other people,” he said.

In addition to the basketball tournament and their job search, the inner city high school students also toured the colleges in and around Springfield.