Hawthorne, CA (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
With unemployment rates high and his parents facing the possibility of layoffs, fourteen-year-old Austin Mazzolini started to ask questions:
Which companies are reducing or outsourcing American jobs?
Which companies are making an effort to keep jobs in America?
When he set out to find the answers, he discovered that the data wasn’t being collected and reported in a way that he could easily understand. Austin thought if he wanted to know which companies are keeping Americans employed then other people might want to know too. So with strong support from his brother Ross and other friends and family, Austin started SaveOurWorkforce. The organization has created a database to store information about the American workforce by company. It provides public access to its database through a free website tool "Before-You-Buy, VERIFY". Prior to making a purchasing decision, a consumer can access the database to verify if the company has been making an effort to support the U.S. workforce by retaining jobs in America. The Before-You-Buy, VERIFY tool empowers consumers to reward companies by directing their purchases towards those companies that support the U.S. workforce the most.
“Kids my age are really concerned about our future.” explained Austin. “If we don’t keep jobs in America, there may not be jobs for us when we get out of school.” To harness and channel the energy of young people, the organization is setting up high school and college clubs across the nation to track and report the workforce size of all companies in their area. Teenagers who participate in the high school and college clubs research and reach out to local and national companies to collect information for the database. They learn how to evaluate company financial statements to understand why hiring or layoffs are occurring. These teenagers develop valuable research, communication and career skills as they gain insight into the employment practices of local and national companies.
Nearly 12.5 million Americans were unemployed as of April 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The tough job market is causing more and more job seekers to become discouraged. SaveOurWorkforce provides another, more hopeful perspective on the economy by highlighting the companies who are doing their best to provide jobs to the working families of America and by giving teenagers an active role in shaping their future. The SaveOurWorkforce database was launched containing information about 100 large corporations. With help from students, SaveOurWorkforce plans to add 40 companies a month.
SaveOurWorkforce is seeking teenagers who are interested in joining or starting a SaveOurWorkforce club, companies who are willing to take the pledge to support the U.S. workforce and individuals who will use the website tool to make informed purchasing decisions. People who are interested in joining the cause can sign up at http://www.SaveOurWorkforce.org.
Founded in 2012 by California teenager Austin Mazzolini, the mission of SaveOurWorkforce is to save and rebuild the U.S. workforce. The organization encourages the involvement of teenagers, companies and individuals throughout the country. Teens are asked to join or start campus clubs. Companies that join must pledge that they understand how important jobs are to families and the health of our nation and that they will do everything possible to keep jobs in America. Individuals are encouraged to use the “Before-You-Buy, VERIFY” website tool. For more information go to http://www.SaveOurWorkforce.org.