"There is no better way to make a difference in the life of a young person than to hire them and put them to work. They will learn real world lessons they will remember all their lives - while building Louisville's talent pipeline to the future."

- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer


In 2011, with Louisville's teen unemployment rate at record levels, the federal program that provided summer jobs to young people disappeared. Facing the prospect of skyrocketing unemployment among the city's youth, newly-elected mayor Greg Fischer created SummerWorks. 

Since then, more than 16,800 youth have been placed in jobs by SummerWorks and its Champion Employers. The program continues to expand and evolve each year because our local businesses recognize that there is no substitute for on-the-job training. When we invest in young workers, it's far more than an invaluable short-term opportunity - we strengthen the long-term foundation of our economy, and our community. 


SummerWorks develops Louisville’s young talent by helping prepare and connect youth to summer jobs, career opportunities, and supportive networks.


For all Louisville youth to possess the skills, resources, and networks needed to connect to employment, economic opportunity, and lifelong career success.



Employers benefit from the talent, energy and diversity of Louisville's youth, while strengthening our city's future.

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Young adults

Young adults get an invaluable, even life-changing, opportunity to gain business experience and build skills.

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SummerWorks is a 501(c)(3) organization led by KentuckianaWorks, the Louisville Region's Workforce Development Board, in partnership with YouthBuild Louisville.