COPY-Mayor: 2,500 teens employed through SummerWorks program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A record 2,500 teens have been connected to a part-time job through the SummerWorks program.

The Courier-Journal ( ) reports Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday. The program partners with local employers to get more young people work during the summer break.

Companies participating in the program this year include Norton Healthcare, Thornton's and Kroger.

Fischer says the program has been wildly successful in the city, growing from 200 employed youth when he first began the program in 2011. Local partners employed more than 400 additional teens this year compared with last.

The city received a $500,000 grant from Kentucky's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to specifically target youth from low-income families. Two hundred kids were placed with summer jobs through that funding.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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