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New Youth One-Stop Center Opens

Thursday August 14, 2008

Mayor Jerry Abramson hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, along with 3rd District Congressman John Yarmuth and J.C.P.S. Superintendent Sheldon Berman, announcing the Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Center’s new location at 981 South 3rd Street—more than doubling in size with over 8,000 sq. ft. Formerly located at 200 West Broadway, the Y.O.U. Center provides an array of free services to enhance job seekers’ academic and job readiness skills for youth ages 16-21.

“For youth who have dropped out of school, are looking for a job, needing to get a GED, or need some assistance with planning for college, the Y.O.U. Center is the one-stop shop for assistance.” Abramson said. “For three years, Y.O.U. Center career specialists have provided thousands of youth in Greater Louisville the assistance they need in a youth-friendly environment. We continue to fill a huge need for this community’s youth, as well as for employers who are seeking a higher-quality workforce,” the Mayor said.

“The Y.O.U. Center is filling a crucial role in the lives of so many young people in the region by providing job-readiness and educational assistance that they need to get an education, find a good job, and improve their lives,” stated Congressman Yarmuth.

The Y.O.U. Center’s free services include job placement assistance in full-time, part-time and summer jobs; career counseling and assessments; job readiness workshops; on-site GED and skills upgrade classes; assistance in entering post-secondary education and training; various education and workforce-related workshops; referrals for counseling and special services; and for those who qualify, financial assistance for occupational training.

The Y.O.U. Center, a KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Career Center, is funded with dollars from the Mayor’s Office; Workforce Investment Act federal funds; and foundations, corporation and contributions from individuals, that are administered by KentuckianaWorks. Focusing on youth between the ages 16-21, the Y.O.U. Center is managed by J.C.P.S. Adult and Continuing Education. Since the Y.O.U. Center opened in August 2005, 1,881 young people have been served in the intensive part of the program, of which 682 have made measurable learning gains on the TABE; 238 have earned their GED; 765 have entered employment; and 261 have entered college or vocational training. For more information about the Y.O.U. Center, call (502) 574-4115, or visit the Y.O.U. Center at 981 South 3rd Street, Suite 101. Walk-ins are welcome Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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About KentuckianaWorks

KentuckianaWorks is Greater Louisville’s workforce investment board for the seven-county region surrounding Louisville. The board is composed of leaders from business, education, government and labor who work together with staff to provide strategic leadership for workforce development efforts in our area.