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Louisville mayor wants businesses to employ 2,500 youth this summer

Mayor’s Youth Opportunity Showcase is Saturday

LOUISVILLE (Feb. 9, 2015) — Mayor Greg Fischer on Friday challenged Louisville businesses and organizations to employ 2,500 young people this summer by supporting the SummerWorks program.

images“Successful business people often want to give back to their community in ways that are meaningful and lasting,” Fischer said. “While there are many opportunities to contribute, there are few as impactful and far reaching as giving a young person a positive start in the workforce.”

The Mayor’s SummerWorks program, launched in 2011, placed 200 young people in jobs that year. Last year 2,100 youths found jobs through the program.

Young people wanting summer work and employers looking to hire youth can participate in the Mayor’s Youth Opportunity Showcase from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1 A/B, in downtown Louisville. Free parking is available at the 4th Street Live Garage, 425 S. 5th Street; and Skips Lot on Liberty between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

More than 35 companies with nearly 1,000 summer jobs to fill are expected to attend. Youth planning to attend the showcase can register by Wednesday with KentuckianaWorks.

Also, representatives from local colleges, universities and career training programs will assist with career planning. For more information call (502) 574-4657.

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