In a press conference Tuesday, held at the locally owned restaurant The Grub House, Mayor Hogsett focused on partnering with businesses in the hospitality, restaurant and food service industries to help teenagers get summer jobs. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)
During his State of the City address last week Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the city's goal to employ 2,000 young people with summer jobs in 2017. That's double last year's goal for the annual initiative called Project Indy.
In a press conference Tuesday, held at the locally owned restaurant The Grub House, Hogsett talked about partnering with businesses in the hospitality, restaurant and food service industries to help reach that goal.
And he talked about the long-term impact summer jobs can have.
"We talk about the ABC's of opportunity," Hogsett says. "We start with 'A' – a job, 'B' – better job, and then 'C' – career."
A website set up at projectindy.net allows young people and local employers to sign up to connect with each other.
Hogsett says Project Indy isn't just about helping young people earn money and start their careers. He says it's about creating an environment that is welcoming to all.
"To be true leaders of our community we must resist the urge to pat ourselves on the back. Instead we must continue to act," Hogsett says.