Monday February 7, 2011
Also feature career and educational opportunities
Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth today announced plans for the sixth annual Youth Opportunity Showcase, which gives teens and young adults a chance to apply for jobs, as well as learn about education, training and volunteer opportunities.
The showcase will be held Saturday, March 5, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1 A/B, 221 S. Fourth St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to both employers, as well as attendees.
“One of the ways we ensure our youth are successful is to provide employment opportunities, especially for lower income youth,” Fischer said. “When these young adults are exposed to the world of work, it not only keeps them off the streets, it also exposes them to another way of life while putting money in their pockets along with a sense of accomplishment.”
Young adults, ages 16 to 21, can apply for jobs with employers including Churchill Downs, UPS, Home Depot, and Taco Bell or obtain information about college and career training. Employers participating in the showcase have jobs for teens for summer, full- and part-time employment.
“The showcase is a great chance for businesses in Louisville to be matched with eager and capable young people. This project gives young workers an invaluable head start in acquiring career skills, provides business owners with talented employees, and ultimately strengthens our community and our economy for the long-term,” said Congressman John Yarmuth.
“The showcase is an important recruitment venue for Churchill Downs and its partners in finding quality part-time, seasonal, and summer workers. We’re always interested in new talent and look forward to participating again this year,” said Eric Miller, Senior Director of Human Resources, Churchill Downs Inc.
Young adults interested in applying for jobs should dress for an interview, bring identification – preferably a driver’s license and social security card – and have several copies of their resumes. Computer stations will be available for youth to apply online for jobs. Free parking for is available at the 4th Street Live garage, 425 S. 5th St. and at the 6th & Main garage, 120 S. 6th St.
The showcase is sponsored by KentuckianaWorks, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training and Louisville Metro Government.
“The showcase puts young people in touch with some of Louisville’s premier employers and offers them great opportunities for increasing their learning skills and focusing on a future career,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks.
For more information, including an exhibitor application for free booth space, contact KentuckianaWorks at 574-2500 or visit www.kentuckianaworks.org.