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MAYOR: SummerWorks youth jobs program grows for fifth year in a row

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says his SummerWorks youth summer jobs program has grown for the fifth year in a row.

According to a news release from the mayor's office, the program is placing 2,500 youth, ages 16-21, in jobs at companies and organizations throughout the community this year. The numbers include 200 jobs for low-income youth funded by $500,000 provided by the state Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.

"It's exciting to celebrate a fifth year of increasing summer jobs and this year making jobs available to more low-income youth thanks to the TANF funding from the state and other generous private donors," mayor Fischer stated, according to the news release. "For many of these youth, this is a first work opportunity, which can be a life-changing experience. When we hear the stories of these young workers and talk to their employers about the value they receive, we know this initiative is making a real difference in their futures and the future of the community."

The state TANF funding is part of a total of more than $775,000 raised to provide youth with jobs this summer. Donations include $100,000 from JPMorgan Chase, $100,000 from the James Graham Brown Foundation and $50,000 from the Gheens Foundation. Donations also came from Yum! Brands, Norton Healthcare, and the Arthur M. Walters Bridge Builders project. The Mayor and Metro Council provided and additional $200,000 for the program in the current city budget.

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