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Big Hiring Fair at Isotopes Park later this month targeted at youth employment

20 leading Albuquerque companies bring jobs to out-of-school and unemployed young adults

May 12, 2016

Albuquerque – As part of the national effort to promote skills based hiring, Innovate+Educate, a national nonprofit founded and located in New Mexico, announced the Job-Ready-Hire Fair slated for Thursday, May 19th at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. The work is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.  The fair will be held across from the Isotopes field in the Pit parking lot, TLC2, and will be followed by food, music and the baseball game.

 “A great first job can truly open up a pathway to lifelong opportunity for a young person,” said Mayor Richard Berry, Mayor of Albuquerque. “The City is proud to partner with the numerous community organizations across Albuquerque to connect youth to jobs. I believe companies across the county have a role and responsibility to create opportunities for young people across the economic spectrum, and we applaud those participating in this event.”

The Job-Ready-Hire Fair is designed to give young adults, ages 18-24, an opportunity to apply for and get work based on their skills rather than their experience. 20 major companies in the Albuquerque area will be on hand for applicants to meet with and talk with about open positions.

“This job fair is the first of its kind in the State - and perhaps the U.S - that will work to create a “skills badge” for young adults that come to the job fair, helping employers see these entrants for what they have learned, and what skills they have acquired for the jobs,” said Jamai Blivin, CEO of Innovate+Educate.   

Jobseekers are encouraged to arrive at the event early to receive their badges and training. The actual hiring event begins at 11:30 and runs until 3:00 in the afternoon, followed by music, giveaways, and food provided by Fuddruckers. Gates will open for the Isotopes baseball game at 5:30 p.m. and tickets can be bought at a discount at the hire fair.

Currently, there are more than 20-thousand young adults, ages 16-24, out of school and out of work in Bernalillo County.  

“Young adults today face the biggest youth employment crisis of our time, and we need to ensure that America’s youth are seen for the skills that they bring to the job,” said Abigail Carlton, associate director at The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support Innovate+Educate’s efforts to address youth unemployment in Albuquerque by creating meaningful employment pathways for opportunity youth, while providing businesses with needed talent.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with so many other local employers across Albuquerque to give young people the opportunity to thrive and grow in today’s economy,” said   Mike Berlint, District Manager, Starbucks District 613.  “Starbucks is pleased to be part of this work, and looks forward to continuing to support the effort as it grows and gets the word out to more young people.”

"Through this important work, we plan to continue to focus on workforce strategies that will help integrate workforce funds, partners and employers to effectively meet the needs of the community, said Jerilynn Sans, Administrator, NM Workforce Connection.  “It takes strong partnerships to do this right, and we will continue to seek new ways to employ young people in the region.”

Pre-Register for Job Ready Hire Fair NOW!

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and pre-schedule their interviews for the May 19 hiring event by contacting Samantha Garza [email protected] or going to

This event includes community partners from the City of Albuquerque, NM Workforce Connection - Central Region, NM Department of Workforce Solutions, Youth Development Inc, Jobs for America Graduates, JobCorp, and ABC Community Schools Partnership. The work is funded through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation of New York.

About Innovate+Educate

Innovate+Educate is a national nonprofit 501c3 with offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM.  I+E is focused on creating new employment pathways based on skills and competencies, ensuring economic vitality for all.   To learn more visit

About Rockefeller Foundation

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas—advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities—to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot—or will not. To learn more, please visit 

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth that have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career.

For more information, including a complete list of participating companies, community service organizations, funders and participants, please visit

Media interested in attending the event in Seattle must pre-register for credentials by contacting [email protected].

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