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The Mayor's SummerWorks Program

A Summer Jobs Success!

It's a fact: unemployment rates for young adults, ages 16-21 continue to remain near 25 percent.

It's a fact: a summer job does more than just provide youth with a paycheck. The summer work experience develops critical workplace skills that students can use throughout life. Youth work alongside positive role models who are using their education to pursue meaningful careers and their examples help students realize the value of staying in school and pursuing college or other postsecondary training.

This video features corporate donors, employers and young workers talking about The Mayor's SummerWorks Program and what being a part of this program has meant to them. Watch and learn how you or your company can help make the 2013 Mayor's SummerWorks Program a success! You can also read about the program by clicking here.

Because summer jobs are a positive experience for youth, Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer has championed the Mayor's SummerWorks Program and challenged individuals, foundations and local employers to support the program. SummerWorks placed 221 youth in jobs with 33 employers in 2011 and was funded by $500,000 in donations. In 2012, 400 youth were placed in jobs with 46 employers with more than $1 million in donations and job commitments.

Mayor Fischer set a goal of employing 800 youth in summer jobs for 2013 and 1,500 youth found jobs through the program. 

The Mayor laid out his plan again in 2014 for building a pipeline for youth in the community to work with local employers during the summer, gain workplace skills in those seven weeks of employment and come back to fill entry-level or higher jobs after they complete school. In 2014, employers and donors responded to the Mayor's SummerWorks program by putting 2,181 youth to work! 

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