Louisville leaders work to provide young people with job training

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It was at a gas station in Thornton, somewhere off the National Turnpike, that Louisville native Brianne Dorsey said she learned her most important life lesson in 2011. It was her first job and she was only 16 years old. me, first of all, what to do with the money,” Dorsey said. “Getting the paycheck, then learning how to budget. Every time my mom said, ‘We don’t have McDonald’s money,’ it became very clear why.” She got the job through the city’s SummerWorks program, being part of the inaugural class. Since then, the program continued to include more companies like GE Appliances, Humana and Kentucky Kingdom. However, Dorsey said one thing has always remained the same. The program teaches responsibility and discipline, traits that ultimately helped her to get a job at a marketing company, get ready and be ready,” Dorsey said. Shawnee Park. A small element, according to Metropolitan Park Administrator Bennett Knox, plays into their master plan called the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative. “The bike path is really an amenity that never existed in the west of Louisville,” Knox said. “As we’re doing other things, like with the boat launch here (Shawnee Park) and some of the upgrades at Chickasaw Park. Eventually we’ll get to the point where we have this real critical mass of equipment related to nature that kids can enjoy without having to go anywhere else.” Knox said those chosen to help with parks this year will play a role in building West Louisville’s only hiking trail.” said Knox. “We want it to be a job they will always remember.” Registrations are now open. The leaders said they will emphasize “candidates who face barriers and who come from disadvantaged backgrounds”. as a participant, employer or supporter, visit this.

A gas station in Thornton, somewhere off the National Turnpike, is where Louisville native Brianne Dorsey said she learned her most important life lesson in 2011.

It was her first job and she was only 16 years old.

“It taught me, first of all, what to do with money,” Dorsey said. “Getting the paycheck, then learning how to budget. Every time my mom said, ‘We don’t have McDonald’s money,’ it became very obvious why.”

She got the job through the city’s SummerWorks program, being part of the inaugural class.

Since then, the program has continued to include more companies like GE Appliances, Humana and Kentucky Kingdom. However, Dorsey said one thing has always remained the same.

The program teaches responsibility and discipline, traits that eventually helped her land a job at a marketing firm.

“Every time I entered the professional field, I knew how to get up, prepare and be ready,” Dorsey said.

It should be noted that this is not only beneficial for the young people in the program. SummerWorks participants built a bike pump track at Shawnee Park. A small element, according to Metropolitan Park Administrator Bennett Knox, plays into their master plan called the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative.

“The bike path is really an amenity that never existed in West Louisville,” Knox said. “As we’re doing other things, like with the boat launch here (Shawnee Park) and some of the upgrades at Chickasaw Park. Eventually we’ll get to the point where we have this real critical mass of equipment related to nature that children can enjoy without having to go elsewhere.”

Knox said those chosen to help with parks this year will play a role in building West Louisville’s only hiking trail.

“We try to give them experience, give them technical skills, give them soft skills,” Knox said. “We want it to be a job they will always remember.”

Registration is now open.

The leaders said they will emphasize “candidates who face barriers and come from disadvantaged backgrounds”.

To learn more about SummerWorks and how to get involved as a participant, employer or supporter, visit here.

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