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Youth in the area getting help finding summer jobs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Thousands of teenagers and young adults in the area are getting some help finding a job for the summer.

More than 2,000 young adults, ages 16 to 21, were all looking for the same thing on Saturday at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

"I'm here to find a job potentially for my career," says 18-year-old Jacobi Powell.

They were taking part in the Mayor's Youth Opportunity Showcase this weekend, which is a kick-off for the Mayor's SummerWorks Program. 

During the showcase, those needing a job can meet up with employers needing some help.

"It has a lot of great opportunities and I'm just looking forward to finding another job," says 17-year-old Reshawna Atkinson.

"Leading up to Derby we get extremely busy, and that tapers off in late summer," says Asa White, Manager with The Home Depot.  

Over the years organizers say the showcase has grown, with more and more people stopping by looking for jobs.

"The goal this year is over 2,000. We're hoping with Kentucky Kingdom coming on as a partner that we'll kick that number," says Michael Gritton, Executive Director with KentuckianaWorks.

The reopening of Kentucky Kingdom in May will soon mean more jobs for youth in the area.

Mayor Greg Fischer says keeping kids here in the community is important.

He says getting your foot in the door with the companies can lead to a career in the future.

The showcase encourages the youth to get a job and an education.

"But the message is the same for both parties---Get that degree. Whether it's 2 year, 4 year, get some type of technical certificate. That's your pathway to a good job," says Mayor Greg Fischer.

Some of these students are already taking the first step by getting involved in this showcase.

"It will help me better myself in a future career, so I can find better jobs for me," says Maurice Lockett.  

But, organizers say it's the experience that will pay off for them in the future.

"Because not only are you putting money in the hands of kids and their families for the summer, which is obviously good, but they're also learning something about the way the real world works," says Michael Gritton.

This year, there were 30 employers and more than 900 open jobs during the showcase.

For more information on KentuckianaWorks, click here.

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