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Mayor Announces Youth Opportunity Showcase

Wednesday March 1, 2006

Over 1,000 Summer Jobs, Recreation Options Offered

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the city will host the first-ever Youth Opportunity Showcase – a chance for Louisville teens to learn about summer jobs, volunteer and recreation opportunities.

The showcase will be held Saturday, March 4 at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teens and their families will get to tour the Ali Center for free.

“I want teens to know there are literally hundreds of opportunities for them in this community this summer,” Abramson said. “We know if teens are engaged in positive activities they are less likely to make choices that could negatively impact the rest of their lives.”

Young adults ages 16 to 21 can apply for more than 1,000 jobs with employers like Kentucky Kingdom, YUM! Brands, Showcase Cinemas and Center Plate, the caterer for Louisville Slugger Field.

Teens can also spend the summer working for the city on the Belle of Louisville or as library pages and lifeguards. UPS will offer year-round job opportunities for 18 to 21 year olds with a GED or high school diploma.

Parents of middle school students can pick up information about summer camps, and young teens can sign up to volunteer at the Louisville Zoo or Louisville Science Center.

“This is an amazing collection of employers,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of Kentuckiana Works. “Summer work is a great way for teens to learn job skills and build their resumes for future careers.”

The idea for the showcase grew out of the presentation of the 2005 Youth Needs Assessment Report compiled by the Louisville Metro Alliance for Youth. The data, prepared for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, shows Louisville is making significant progress in teen school attendance, drop-out rates and employment. But, like most cities, Louisville continues to battle teen substance abuse and juvenile delinquency.

“We want teens to know they have a choice between hanging out on the streets and volunteering at the Louisville Science Center,” Abramson said.

“It’s our hope that teens not only find out about jobs, but they connect with our Neighborhood Youth Board and our Youth Opportunities Unlimited Center,” said Darrell Aniton, director of the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development. “These programs offer year-round leadership opportunities, educational assistance and vocational training for young adults.”

The Youth Opportunity Showcase is being coordinated by the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development. It is sponsored in part by Kentuckiana Works, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training and the Muhammad Ali Center.

For more information about the Youth Opportunity Showcase click here.