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Summer program partners Lexington youth with local businesses

Program expanded this year to 300 students

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2016) — Lexington businesses and community groups have the opportunity to partner with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to offer valuable job training experience for local youth.

The Summer Youth Job Training Program is a public-private partnership that provides real-world job experience to students ages 14 to 17 by pairing them up to work for local employers. LFUCG compensates the youth worker trainees, while employers help the students develop quality job skills and workforce experience. This year the program is expanding the number of youth participants from 225 to 300 students. The increase in students means an increase in employers is also needed.

Businesses and community groups interested in participating in the program are invited to attend a free breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m. on April 20 at the Lyric Theatre to hear more information, talk to Youth Services staff and learn how to participate.

“I encourage any business to get involved with the Summer Youth Job Training Program because it is an absolute win for the organization,” said Laura Gallaher with the Common Good Community Development Corporation. “We’ve participated the past four years with the program, and each year our trainees have been great and truly enriched the work we’ve done in the community. The trainees have increased our ability to reach and mentor young students, and it has been a joy to watch them grow.”

The 2016 Summer Youth Job Training Program will run for six weeks, from June 13 to July 22. Youth worker trainees will work part-time (20 hours a week) during this period and will earn $8.20 per hour (paid by LFUCG). Participating employers are not responsible for compensation.

For more information on the program or to RSVP to the breakfast, contact Patricia Sidney at [email protected] or Mattie Morton at [email protected] or (859) 246-4300.