NOMO Helping Young People Avoid Becoming Another Statistic With Job Fair

Howard Monroe reports.

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KAREEM SINGLETARY: Looking at the people that I grew up around, I don't want to be like them. I'd rather make it out the hood and have a good lifestyle.

HOWARD MONROE: The hopes of a 17-year-old growing up in North Philly. But Kareem Singletary says on some days his hopes for a better life seem hard to come by.

KAREEM SINGLETARY: Every day, like, I'm worrying am I going to get shot? Am I going to get robbed? Am I going to get jumped for doing nothing?

HOWARD MONROE: According to police, 111 people were killed so far this year. That 29% more than this time last year. Nearly 1,000 were robbed and nearly 2,000 were assaulted. To keep from being another statistic, Singletary comes to NOMO on North Broadstreet every day. The youth development nonprofit is a program 21-year-old Quadir Steadley recently found.

QUADIR STEADLY: You do what you're supposed to do and everything's flowing the right way, you have a chance to be something great.

HOWARD MONROE: And tomorrow those young men and hundreds of others will be the first people in Citizens Bank Park in over a year. This is where the city and NOMO are hosting a job fair.

RICKEY DUNCAN: Constantly it's like, what else can we do? Where else do we go? How many more people do we need to help? What other steps do we need to take?

HOWARD MONROE: Beginning at 9:00 AM Thursday, the job fair at Citizens Bank Park will have 34 employers with opportunities in transportation, distribution, and logistics. It's open to people of all ages and 500 people are expected to attend. To get the youth ready on Wednesday, NOMO prepared them for on-the-spot interviews. They got their hair cut, a new pair of shoes, proper shirts and ties, and help with their resumes.

KAREEM SINGLETARY: These are leaders that can show you, OK, this is the best possible way for you to get money without getting killed, being robbed, or being in the street.

HOWARD MONROE: Howard Monroe, CBS 3 Eyewitness News.