Back to School Bash and Youth Business Pop-Up Shop on July 30

July 28, 2021

Features youth-focused activities, free school supplies and more than 30 youth vendors

This Friday, July 30, the Louisville Youth Network joins with multiple community partners to host a Back to School Bash and Youth Business Pop-Up Shop. The free, family event will feature live music and entertainment, vendors and artisans, school supply and backpack giveaways, a movie showing, and food and games.

 The indoor event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center, 3029 W.  Muhammad Ali Blvd. 

 One special highlight at 6 p.m. is the free moving showing of Disney's Pixar's “Soul”, an animated comedy-drama film for all ages.  The story follows a middle school music teacher named Joe Gardner who seeks to reunite his soul and his body after they are accidentally separated, just before his big break as a jazz musician.

 Another special feature at the event is the Youth Business Pop-up Shop showcasing 30-plus local vendors ages 10-24 from different industries such as clothing, skin treatment jewelry, homemade desserts and treats, and homemade art.  Examples of vendors include Beeing2gether, Leah Made It, Savannah’s Sweet Spa, Faith Custom Bracelets, and more.

 "We want to send the youth of our community back to school prepared and ready to succeed this upcoming school year," said Dr. Billie Castle, Youth Development Systems Administrator, Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development (OYD).  "The Pop-up Shop is a wonderful opportunity to bring youth together to showcase the assets they bring to our community and how their innovation will lead them and our community forward.  The Louisville Youth Network is proud to support our local youth in what they love to do, while also providing real-life experience on how to become successful entrepreneurs.”

 The Louisville Youth Network is a collaboration of Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development (OYD), Louisville Urban League, the Coalition Supporting Youth Adults and Goodwill Industries of Kentucky who work together year-round to connect youth with opportunities and resources. For more information, visit louisvilleyouthnetwork.org or call 502-230-2028.

 The Back to School Bash and Youth Pop-Up Shop is also sponsored in part by Norton Healthcare, Kroger, Humana, Louisville Water Company, and North Healthcare Sports & Learning Center.

For more information about the event, visit  https://louisvilleky.gov/government/office-youth-development-0

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