SummerWorks 2016 a success with more employers, thousands of jobs for youth

Last Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that more than 4,200 young people ages 16-21 – many of them lower income or disadvantaged – were placed in jobs by SummerWorks this year. And more than 110 companies and organizations partnered with the city and KentuckianaWorks to provide those jobs. 

Watch the full SummerWorks 2016 press conference below, which features remarks from Mayor Fischer, JCPS Superintendent Dr. Hargens, President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. Kent Oyler, and some of the program's top employers and youth participants. 

You can also scroll through a gallery of photos from the event below. 

Mayor Fischer checks in with SummerWorks youth on their first day on the job

When citizens ask me ‘What can I do to help make our city stronger?’ I tell them to hire a young person for a job in the summertime...it’s something that literally almost every company can do.
— Mayor Greg Fischer

Earlier this week, Mayor Fischer stopped by the Humana Digital Experience Center to visit with their group of 2016 SummerWorks interns. He offered them words of encouragement and emphasized how important a summer job can be in the life of a young person. Mayor Fischer also acknowledged the program's consistent growth since its first summer in 2011.

"In our first summer we had 200 kids go to work in the community, and this year in 2016, through the support of wonderful companies like Humana, I'm pleased to announce that we're going to have more than 2,700 youth in our community participate in our SummerWorks program."

Mayor Fischer reminded the group that the SummerWorks program doesn't just help young people begin their careers - it also plays a important role in developing the city's future workforce and addressing structural inequalities.  

See media coverage of the day below.

Insider Louisville: "SummerWorks program expands to 2,700 interns"

Wave 3 News: "6th annual Mayor's SummerWorks kicks off"