The Mayor's SummerWorks2012 exceeds goals
Mayor Greg Fischer set out to make Louisville's summer jobs program for young adults, The Mayor's SummerWorks Program in 2012, better than SummerWorks2011. He challenged individuals, business and community leaders and local foundations to double their investments in SummerWorks2012 to raise $1 million in donations and job commitments that would provide 400 jobs for youth ages 16-21. By the start of the seven-week program in June, donations and job commitments from a record number of private employers had exceeded the $1 million goal.
Private employers such as Thornton's, General Electric, Churchill Downs, Norton Healthcare, Ford, Fourth Street Live!, Glow Touch, Hosparus, Houston-Johnson, Kroger, Louisville Zoo, Republic Bank and Riverside Parking Garage hired 110 youth. Donations to the program allowed 290 young people to be placed in meaningful jobs with local nonprofits and government agencies, including Metro Parks, the American Red Cross, Americana Community Center, Louisville Free Public Library and Metro Public Works. Click here to watch a video of young employees and their employers talking about their experiences with The Mayor's SummerWorks Program in 2012.
Entrepreneurial training and competition
In addition, SummerWorks2012 introduced each participant to the world of entrepreneurship through the Ice House Entrepreneurship training program. Youth learned about creating a business, thinking like an entrepreneur and networking with others. They also had the opportunity to compete for prizes by designing a business plan judged by local entrepreneurs as a sound venture.
Mayor Greg Fischer initiated The Mayor's Ice House Entrepreneurial Competition that allowed SummerWorks2012 participants enrolled in the Ice House Entrepreneurship training to devise business plans and compete to pitch their ideas for start-up businesses to local entrepreneurs for cash prizes. Michael Mannen won $1,000 to help get his business proposition started. Finalists Jesse Jones, Kadeesha Hargrove and the team of Chelsy Golder and Lindsey Warren received $500. Click here to read about the competition and to see photos of the winners.
KentuckianaWorks:SummerWorks2012 Scholarship competition
SummerWorks2012 participants also were given the opportunity to compete for a two-year tuition scholarship, valued at nearly $7,000, to Jefferson Community and Technical College. Allison Hershel, 21, received the KentuckianaWorks: SummerWorks2012 Scholarship, and is enrolled at JCTC taking pre-requisite classes for the nursing program. Click here to read about the scholarship competition and to see Allison Hershel accepting her scholarship award.
Below are links to photos of activities taken during SummerWorks2012. (To view a larger version of any photo, left click on the desired photo. To save a photo, right click on the large photo and select the "Save Picture As" command.)
Click here to see photos from Mayor Fischer's news conference announcing the Ice House Entrepreneurship training program.
Click here to see photos from a luncheon Mayor Fischer held for community leaders to introduce the Ice House Entrepreneurship training program and tell how it would be used in SummerWorks2012.
Click here to see photos from the June 27, 2012, news conference at which Mayor Fischer announced that SummerWorks2012 had exceeded $1 million in funding and job commitments.
Click here to see the faces of some of SummerWorks2012 youth and their supervisors and employers.