Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is continuing a city-wide effort to help young people find jobs. The mayor says this year’s edition of the Project Indy initiative aims to not only help youth find jobs for the summer months, but also for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
This marks the fifth year of the Project Indy Youth Jobs initiative.
“Project Indy has been incredibly successful over the past five years, connecting young people with jobs and skill-building opportunities in industries across Indianapolis,” said Hogsett.
The digital job search platform is used by more than 100 employers to find and fill full-time and part-time positions. Many of the jobs are in the tourism and the hospitality sector and geared toward young adults aged 16-24.
Project Indy organizers say major sporting events, such as March Madness, provide opportunities for youth to not only make money but to obtain important job skills that will help them be successful as they progress through the workforce.
“The ongoing impact of hiring a young person goes far beyond the day-to-day job responsibilities,” said Angela Carr Klitzsch, president & chief executive officer of EmployIndy. “What they learn will influence who they are as a person, how they grow in their soft and hard skills, and what industries they choose to go into when they formally progress into the workforce.”
Hogsett says the pandemic makes this initiative vitally important this year.
“This year, Project Indy will be a part of our city’s economic comeback from the pandemic, boosting our hospitality and tourism workforces and contributing to overall job growth. And it will help employers as well, as young workers are exposed to new career paths in our city’s core industries. It truly is a win-win.”
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