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Radcliff job fair to focus on youth employment

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Roughly 22 employers already confirmed

By Marty Finley

A nonprofit agency in Radcliff hopes to help youth who need summer work or who want to get a foot in the door to the professional world.

Turning Communities Around is sponsoring a youth job fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Colvin Community Center in Radcliff.

The fair is geared toward attendees from 16 to 21 years of age and about 22 employers already have confirmed plans to participate, said event coordinator LaCeesha Clark.

Clark said companies and agencies such as Wal-Mart, Nielsen Media Research Group, Bluegrass Cellular, Cardinal Health, UPS, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marines have signed on for the fair.

Several colleges also are expected to be represented, she said.

Clark encouraged attendees to dress in business attire so they can make a good impression with employers they meet and illustrate their desire to find a job.

“Try to dress to impress,” she said.

While a suit and tie are not necessary, she added, baggy pants and T-shirts send the wrong message.

 “And (bringing) a resume would be wonderful if they have one,” she added.

Turning Communities Around started about three years ago with a mission to focus on initiatives and needs regarding families, said Stan Holmes, a Radcliff city councilman and one of the organization’s founders. Holmes said Turning Communities Around wants to bring families together. To that end, the agency held a health and community fair last year for families.

Clark, Holmes’ daughter, said the group also wants to assist at-risk youth by offering an outlet to get off the street and a “few steps” ahead for their future. While some may simply be looking for summer work, she said the fair is a way for local youth to start building on a future career. For students nearing high school graduation, she added, the fair could be beneficial in finding a way into the professional world immediately.

“We hope to see everyone there, as many people as possible,” she said. “It’s going to be a great event.”

Clark said the organization is looking for employer participation and can secure space for more employers wanting to attend. Interested employers can call Clark at (502) 291-6883.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.