Program has grown in numbers every year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 30, 2015) — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s SummerWorks program for youth ages 16 to 21 has found jobs for 2,500 youth. The program, which began in 2011 with 200 jobs, has increased in size every year.
This year’s totals include 200 jobs for low-income youth funded by $500,000 provided by the state Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. The state TANF funding is part of a total of more than $775,000 raised to provide youth with jobs this summer.
“For many of these youth, this is a first work opportunity, which can be a life-changing experience,” Fischer said. “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 our community.”
Many workers are on the job for about 30 hours a week for seven weeks. Some youth obtained jobs through the Mayor’s Youth Opportunity Showcase and began working before the end of the school year. Others began working after school ended and will finish work assignments before school starts.