KSAT Q&A: Where the youth jobs are and a call for companies to help

UTSA Urban Education Institute studied youth employment in Bexar County over two decades

Mike Villarreal, director of the UTSA Urban Education Institute, said research data showed working and going to school doesn’t hurt students academically, even for those taking advanced or dual credit courses.

SAN ANTONIO – KSAT spoke with Mike Villareal from the UTSA Urban Education Institute and Saani Fong from SA Works about the importance of youth employment during Friday’s Q&A on the 6 O’clock News.

The following are three takeaways from today’s segment:

  • The top industries employing Bexar County high school students were those hit hardest by the pandemic economic downturn: food services, retail, and arts/entertainment.
  • Job experience can be invaluable for students, especially paid internships and being mentored. It can open new worlds and possibilities for students to plan out their future.
  • San Antonio companies are needed to provide mentorships and paid internships. Company leaders and students are invited to learn about applying for or hosting summer internships at sanantonioedf.com/workforce/programs.

Watch the entire KSAT Q&A segment in the player above.

About the Author:

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.