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Mayor Hosts Fourth Youth Opportunity Showcase

Monday January 26, 2009

Featuring Jobs, Career and Educational Opportunities

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for the fourth 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, February 14 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. 4th Street in Ballroom “C” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The showcase gives young adults an opportunity to apply for jobs and find out about education and career options available in Louisville,” Abramson said. “Although we know that we will not be able to offer as many jobs as in previous years, it’s important for teenagers and young adults to remain active and prepare for the future by increasing their education and skill levels to be ready when the economy turns around.”

Young adults ages 16 to 21 can apply for jobs with employers including Kentucky Kingdom, Churchill Downs and Home Depot or obtain information about college and career training.

Local jobs related to the 2010 U.S. Census are also available for youth ages 18 and over.

Some of the jobs are for the summer, but most are for year-round work available for youth. Computer stations will be available for youth to apply for jobs. Career and college preparation resources will be available as well as workshops about how to write a resume, dress for success and prepare for a job interview.

Young adults ages 16 to 21 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 resume.

“The showcase puts young people in touch with some of Louisville's premier employers and offers great opportunities for learning skills and focusing on a future career,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks. “For youth who are starting their first job search, it also provides an excellent venue for honing interviewing and communication skills and learning how to be comfortable interacting with potential employers.”

The Youth Opportunity Showcase is one of the strategies used by the Office of Youth Development to keep youth active in positive activities. A report in 2005 compiled by the Louisville Metro Alliance for Youth showed a strong need for employment, volunteer and educational resources. 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 know that when we provide activities and job opportunities for young people they are less likely to become involved in dangerous activities that may be detrimental to their future,” Abramson said.

“The Youth Opportunities Showcase is a great one-stop shop for youth and parents to get information on activities that help young adults focus on education, leadership and job training,” said Darrell Aniton, director of the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development.

The Youth Opportunity Showcase is sponsored by KentuckianaWorks, the Office of Youth Development and the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

For more information about the Youth Opportunity Showcase contact KentuckianaWorks at 574-2500 or visit