SummerWorks celebrates a record-breaking 2017 season


Mayor Greg Fischer joined other community and business leaders this morning at Kentucky Kingdom, a SummerWorks Champion Employer, to announce another record-breaking year for the program. This season, 150 employer-partners hired more than 5,200 youth at companies and non-profit organizations across many sectors.

Mayor Fischer said such SummerWorks employers hired youth, ages 16-21, for jobs in hospitals, restaurants, groceries, banks and hotels. Working closely with supervisors and mentors, young people worked on manufacturing assembly lines and grocery check-out lanes, assisted companies with their IT and human resources needs, helped process insurance claims, worked in pharmacies and helped ship packages around the world.

Jon Russell, a SummerWorks youth who was hired back for a second summer as an assistant in human resources at Fourth Street Live!, said his summer job “has given me skills that will be valuable to my dream of opening my own department store.”

Fourth Street Live! presented him with a scholarship, which he will use to attend the University of Kentucky (photos below). The company plans to award a scholarship yearly to a SummerWorks youth.