Job fair prepares Springfield youth entering the workforce

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Young people in Springfield participated in a summer job fair and basketball tournament Monday morning.

The Hampden County District Attorney’s office hosted its fourth annual job fair and basketball tournament at American International College’s gymnasium.

Thomas Burke of Westfield was there to get rid of potentially dangerous household waste.

“You hate to see people get rid of it in the wrong manner too, so it’s the right way to do it, it keeps the environment clean,” said Burke. “I’ve used them quite recently, a few times, solvents things like that.”

Companies including Starbucks, Six flags and Big Y interviewed the high school students for summer jobs.

16-year-old student Jonathan Green looked forward to getting a summer job as well as being able to “Have money in my pocket to walk about with, see if I want to buy something, [and] not worrying about the parents helping out.”

DA Anthony Gulluni told 22News “It’s really terrific to see these young people so excited about their futures. So excited about a job, it’s really inspiring.”

Gulluni said that, of the four programs he’s initiated to benefit young people since taking office, the job fair/basketball tournament remains his favorite.

He estimates hundreds of teenagers have found summer jobs through the job fairs that began four years ago.

Prior to the event, participants went through an orientation that consisted of resume building, business etiquette, and a trip to Suit Up Springfield to get interview clothes.

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