One-Stop Shop for Youth Services
Thursday November 30, 2006
New Searchable Database at www.louisvilleky.gov/OYD
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a new feature on the city’s website that creates a one-stop shop in cyberspace for youth services offered in Louisville.
The new searchable database can be found by logging on to www.louisvilleky.gov/OYD. The database on the Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development’s home page, developed in partnership with the Louisville Metro Alliance for Youth and the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, contains all city services offered for youth and programs organized by many community partners. More than 160 agencies offering 315 programs are featured on the site.
“Through Metro Government and our community partners we offer hundreds of programs for Louisville’s young people,” Abramson said. “This can sometimes be overwhelming for children and parents. That’s why we decided to bring all of our programs together to create a virtual clearing house of services that helps families find an activity that’s perfect for them.”
Young people, parents and youth service providers only need to enter their neighborhood or ZIP code, and the database will display programs offered in their area. The programs can be tailored to target audiences by narrowing the search to look for after-school activities, leadership programs or activities that are co-ed or gender specific.
The database also has a search function dedicated to Every 1 Reads. This tool was created for teachers, school administrators and parents who would like to find after-school programs in Louisville for children who are struggling readers. These endorsed activities offer programming based on the Every 1 Reads initiative, which is designed to increase reading scores. Every 1 Reads is a program launched by Metro Government, the Jefferson County Public School System and Greater Louisville Inc. with the goal of having all children reading at grade level by 2008.
If agencies in the community would like activities included on the database, call 574-0856.
Focus on Youth
The website is part of the mayor’s ongoing efforts to increase after-school programming and out-of-school opportunities for young people in Louisville.
- This year’s budget added two new community schools at Fairdale High School and Myers Middle School – bringing to eight the total number of neighborhood schools offering after-school hours.
- The city’s External Agency Youth Fund provides almost $1 million to 46 agencies this year.
- The Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Center, launched in 2005, provides education and job training for youth ages 16 to 21 who are out of work or out of school.
- The Youth Opportunities Showcase connects local businesses with teens seeking internships or employment.