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The SummerWorks program is having a banner year

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Supporters say the SummerWorks program, which entered its fourth year in 2014, is enjoying unprecedented success.

Mayor Greg Fisher announced Friday that the program had already successfully met its summer goal.

Two thousand young people -- aged 16 to 21 -- are working in paid jobs around the city, which is 500 more jobs than the program created all of last year.

"We understand that education should be ongoing," said John Marshall, Assistant Superintendent of Diversity. "What the mayor has done, what the community has done, and what this city has done is say, 'Let's keep teaching our children. Let's make sure our children know they can learn more in and out of school.'"

The SummerWorks program raised over $470,000 for this summer.

Since it launched in 2011, the program has created 4,100 jobs for unemployed young people.

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