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Youth opportunity Showcase Set for Feb. 13

Monday January 25, 2010

Featuring Jobs, Career and Educational Opportunities

Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth today announced plans for the fifth 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, Feb. 13, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. Fourth St., in Ballroom “C” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Now in our fifth year, this showcase gives young adults an opportunity to apply for jobs and find out about education and career options available in the community,” Abramson said. “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.”

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

Providing employment opportunities to young people is especially important in these difficult economic times,” Yarmuth said. “Many of the jobs and training offered at this showcase will provide young adults in Louisville with valuable experience that will open the doors to new careers and a successful future.”

Employers participating in the showcase have jobs for teens for summer, full- and part-time employment. Computer stations will be available for youth to apply online 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 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.

“The Youth Opportunities Showcase is an important recruitment tool for Home Depot to find quality part-time and summer young adult workers. It also gives young prospective employees real-life reasons to prepare a resume, think about their future work and secure a job that will help them attain their goals,” said Richard Rankin, Home Depot human resource manager, Louisville/Southern Indiana.

“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. “As a first job search, it also provides an excellent opportunity to hone interviewing and communication skills.”

The Mayor’s 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