Mayor Joe Hogsett will Wednesday join community leaders to launch the third year of his youth summer jobs program, Project Indy. The mayor will also provide details of a new job readiness effort designed by EmployIndy that will be implemented as part of the program.

Project Indy launched in 2016 just days after the U.S. Department of Labor named Indianapolis on its Summer Impact Hubs. Hogsett's office says the program engaged 2,000 young people in the city last year and the goal for 2018 is to connect 3,000 local teens with job opportunities.

The new job readiness component, Hogett's office adds, was created to "ensure youth are set up for success in the workplace."

The Project Indy 2018 kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Avondale Meadows YMCA in Indianapolis. Representatives from YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, EmployIndy and the Indiana Chamber will be among the attendees.