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Mayor's SummerWorks Program kicks off Monday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a plan to cut down on crime in Louisville this summer.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's SummerWorks program for young people starts Monday. The SummerWorks program is one of the city's long-term strategies for reducing violence.

Mayor Greg Fischer himself will kick off SummerWorks 2017 at the Parkland Boys & Girls Club Monday at 10 a.m.

More than 5,000 young people, ages 16 to 21, will be hard at work for about seven weeks this summer. The goal of the program is to keep youth busy while they're not in school, all while teaching them life skills and giving them a paycheck each week. 

They will work at more than 200 companies, non-profit organizations and city agencies.

One of the sites involves a group that's building garden beds at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club community garden. The group is also doing other carpentry and maintenance work at the club over the summer. "We come out here, we get the wood, we measure it. The short ones are four feet, the long ones are six feet and then we write the measurement, and we cut it and one of our team leaders drills in it, and we put the box together," said SummerWorks employee Eboni Calloway.

The program provides jobs for young people who otherwise might not have the opportunity.

Young people can earn anywhere from minimum wage to $16 an hour, at jobs in the program.

Some jobs require a high school diploma, while others require some high school experience, or none at all.

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