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YOU Center Opens New Facility

Tuesday August 31, 2010

Location will better serve area’s out-of-school young adults

Young adults in the Greater Louisville area now have a more convenient, accessible location to get help completing their GEDs, to find financial assistance for occupation training or to begin job searches.

Mayor Jerry Abramson hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU Center), along with 3rd District Congressman John Yarmuth and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman, at its new location at 510 West Broadway, Suite 701.

The YOU Center has provided free services to enhance the academic and job-readiness skills of area out-of-school young adults, ages 16-21, since August 2005.

“I encourage the young people of our community to take full advantage of all the YOU Center has to offer,” said Abramson. “The assistance and training available here can be life-changing and can mean a successful career and a successful future.”

“As we work to rebuild our economy, it is more critical than ever that we ensure our young people have every opportunity they need to succeed,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “I am thrilled federal dollars will be invested directly here at the YOU Center, helping young adults in Louisville prepare for successful careers.”

During the past five years, the YOU Center has helped 1,211 young men and women advance their academic skills; 393 young people earn their GEDs; 238 young people enroll in college and 1,019 young adults get jobs. The program has impacted the lives of countless area high school dropouts and young adults who needed help establishing career goals and finding training or assistance with college.

“The young people who walk through these doors leave with more than a GED. They leave with hope, with a game plan, with the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to succeed in the marketplace,” stated Dr. Berman.

The YOU Center is managed by Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education. It is funded by KentuckianaWorks with a blend of federal and local resources. The current budget is $1 million annually, with $600,000 coming from the federal Workforce Investment Act; $350,000 coming from Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Metro Government; and the remainder from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

To find out more about the YOU Center programs, call (502) 574-4115 or visit the YOU Center at 510 W. Broadway, Suite 701 in Louisville. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.