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Mayor Greg Fischer seeking summer employment for 2,000 Louisville youth

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Mayor Greg Fischer says he wants Louisville businesses and organizations to provide 2,000 youth with jobs this summer through supporting his SummerWorks program, according to a news release.

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The program was recently recognized as one of the nation's best summer jobs program last week by the U.S. Conference of Mayors for providing jobs and training for 1,500 youth last summer, the release states.

"Though the economy has improved, teens and young adults still face a much higher unemployment rate than adults," Fischer said. "A summer job can be the turning point in a young person's life – with a value and impact way beyond the paycheck they earn."

Fischer urged companies and other groups to either directly hire youth this summer or make a donation to create jobs at nonprofits or city agencies. Companies supporting the effort this year include Thornton's, Norton Healthcare, Kroger, Malone Staffing, Adecco, Centerplate, and Kroger.
 
Fischer launched SummerWorks in 2011 shortly after taking office as a means of offsetting the elimination of federal job funding for summer jobs. In its first year, the initiative placed about 200 young people in summer jobs. The next year it doubled to 400 and this past summer more than 1,500 youth were employed throughout Louisville.
 
Fischer said more companies are discovering the value in finding and hiring young talent for the summer. Many youth placed in jobs through SummerWorks have gained full-time positions with the same company or others. For those who can't hire for the summer, a donation of $2,000 will put a young person to work at a non-profit agency in the region.
 
Young people wanting summer work and employers looking to hire should participate in the Mayor's Youth Opportunity Showcase on Feb. 15 where young people and employers can meet and talk. In addition to applying for a job through the SummerWorks program, youth of ages 16-21 can explore internships and volunteer opportunities. Representatives from local colleges, universities, and career training programs will also assist with career planning.
 
The showcase is 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1 A/B, 221 S. Fourth St. The event is free for both employers and job seekers. Last year, more than 2,000 young people attended. Employers expected at this year's event include T.J. Maxx, UPS, Baptist Healthcare, Home City Ice, YMCA of Greater Louisville, and Walmart.
 
Youth planning to attend the showcase must register by Feb. 12 with KentuckianaWorks at www.kentuckianaworks.org to be admitted to the event.
 
Young adults interested in applying for jobs at the showcase should dress for an interview, bring identification, preferably a driver's license and Social Security card, and have several copies of their resumes to leave with potential employers.
 
The event is sponsored by KentuckianaWorks, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, the KentuckianaWorks Youth Career Center and Louisville Metro Government.
 
Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks, said both the Mayor's Youth Opportunity Showcase and SummerWorks program have earned good scores from the young people who have obtained summer jobs and from employers who say they have been able to hire good, hard-working employees.

"These two programs are putting young people in touch with some of Louisville's premier employers and offering the teens and young adults a variety of opportunities to increase their work skills and focus on future careers," he said.
           
The SummerWorks program is led by KentuckianaWorks in partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education through the KentuckianaWorks Youth Career Center.
 
For more information about the showcase, including an exhibitor application for free booth space, and the SummerWorks program, call KentuckianaWorks at (502) 574-2500.

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