Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has launched what he says is the city’s first comprehensive youth jobs program. Project Indy aims to bring together resources from the private and nonprofit sectors to provide job training, internships and job opportunities to teenagers this summer.
The announcement comes just days after the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor named Indianapolis one of its Summer Impact Hubs. Hogsett’s office says the designation will provide federal support for Project Indy.
"Together with our non-profit and corporate partners, Project Indy will give hundreds of local young people job experience, useful skills, and productive alternatives to crime and gangs," said Hogsett. "By leveraging our city’s current standalone programs and convening community stakeholders in a visible, coordinated effort, we will be able to better serve the children of our city for years to come at no additional cost to taxpayers."
The city says it has already identified more than 1,000 job opportunities for teens through organizations such as TeenWorks, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Groundwork Indy and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Along with being named a Summer Impact Hub, the city also landed a $2 million federal grant for YouthWorks Indy, which provides employment and work force training for teens. The city says Project Indy and Hogsett assisted in securing the grant.
Teenagers looking to apply for summer jobs can find more information by clicking here.