Southern Indiana Works (SIW,) the Local Workforce Development Board, is launching their own version of Louisville’s SummerWorks program in Southern Indiana. The participating communities are Charlestown, Clarksville, and New Albany. An important part of SIW’s mission is to cultivate a skilled workforce. They are working toward that goal by prioritizing next-gen talent, among other initiatives.
“I’m excited to announce the launch of SummerWorks here in southern Indiana,” said Tony Waterson, President & CEO of Southern Indiana Works. “Through funding from Metro United Way, we are able to pilot this program with three local municipalities this summer, but we are looking forward to expanding the program to more youth and worksites in the future.”
SummerWorks provides work experiences to young people so they can build their employability skills, contribute to their local community, and explore new career fields. Clarksville District 4 Town Council Member Mike Mustain is excited to hire five youth in the parks maintenance department. “We are happy to host the young people for six-weeks, and potentially hire these individuals for seasonal or full-time positions,” said Mustain.
Youth apply to the program, are interviewed, and placed at one of the three worksites based on their location and interests. The paid summer jobs also include weekly job readiness workshops. The program prioritizes youth applicants who face barriers and come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The emphasis on disadvantaged youth drew Charlestown Mayor Treva Hodges to the program. “I love that this program exposes youth to career opportunities in city government while they earn money and develop employment and technical skills,” said Mayor Hodges.
Louisville’s version of the program has been incredibly successful and had a great impact. Since 2011, they have helped nearly 8,000 youth find summer jobs. New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan is pleased to bring the program across the river to Southern Indiana. “We have seen the success in Louisville and are happy that local youth will also have this opportunity for quality summer employment,” said Mayor Gahan. New Albany is placing 10 youth in six departments.
Youth interested in the program can register at www.soinworks.com.
For additional information about SIW SummerWorks, contact Brittany Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Southern Indiana Works, the Local Workforce Development Board
Southern Indiana Works (SIW) is non-profit 501(c)3 and the Local Workforce Development Board that embraces a mission to lead a robust talent development system and cultivate a skilled workforce that advances our community, economy, and quality of life. Serving Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Crawford, Scott and Washington counties in Indiana, SIW envisions a workforce that empowers regional business to be competitive in the global economy. To make this vision a reality SIW prioritizes talent development, economic development, and next-gen talent while maintaining a customer centric system. www.soinworks.com