Civic Engagement &


….ways Lexington can offer more work and volunteer opportunities to residents later in life.


For 25 years, the community has helped choose positive youth programs for Fayette County youth.  Be a part of something great and help plant the seeds, our 2021 programs, that cultivate and enrich the lives of our future leaders!!  Contact Briana Persley at (859) 280-8003 or 🌞💧🌱👩‍

Have Some College and No Degree?

August 12, 2020

Find Your Path Back - Begin Your Journey Today!

  • Lifelong learning pathways were established to make it easy for Kentucky Comebackers to know their options for earning a GED, technical credential, or college degree in Kentucky at low- or no- cost in order to increase their career potential or fulfill a lifelong goal.

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 925,000 Kentuckians ages 45 – 64 and over half a million Kentuckians age 65 and older who may be eligible to continue their education through one of these lifelong learning pathways and make their comeback.

  • For more information and resources, such as the AARP KY Comebackers Lifelong Learning e-Brochure, visit:​

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 115,000 potential Comebackers in the Commonwealth age 65 and older have some college, but due to life’s surprises, didn’t complete a degree. For retirees with some college, going back to school is a viable option for personal fulfillment and lifelong learning in the next life stage.


AARP Kentucky launched a new initiative in partnership with The Graduate! Network called KY Comebackers. KY Comebackers provides guidance and resources through a set of “lifelong learning pathways” to help Kentuckians make their “comeback” to education.


These pathways direct adults in Kentucky to low-cost and no-cost options to complete a GED, technical certificate, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s degree in the Commonwealth. Earning a credential or completing a degree can help Kentuckians connect to in-demand jobs, earn needed skills to move ahead in their career, or achieve a personal life goal.


AARP Kentucky has made it easy to access these resources at

Download Updated - Job Seeker Resources across the Bluegrass Region

Job Search Tools

October 26, 2017

Jobs & Careers

Finding resources you need to find your next job or career.

In this page, we've created a central source of job and career assistance in the Bluegrass and beyond. Whether we are embarking on a new career, retreading — a new age-friendly term related to the shifts of coming in and out of retirement, or spending time out in the community working on the causes which matter most to us individually, remaining actively engaged in one’s community yields multiple benefits to people, businesses that employ them, and the greater community as well.

Job & Careers

October 26, 2017

Job Search & Careers

If you're hunting for your next job but aren't sure where to turn for advice, support or job postings, this list of resources will help.

Local Lexington Hot Jobs

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Lexington Leadership Foundation, a faith-based non-profit, is seeking a full-time, temporary (position initially runs September 2020-May 2021) Match Support Specialist for Amachi Central Kentucky. Amachi is a one-on-one mentoring program for children and teens negatively impacted by incarceration, and seeks to encourage and empower young people to reach and achieve goals, develop positive character traits, and become leaders.  Job functions include: conducting homevisits, pairing mentors and mentees, providing case management for families and volunteers, and other team duties. Applicant must value and respect all youth, families, and volunteers and possess strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Must enjoy interacting with diversity in all its forms: racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, denominational, etc.  Position intermittently requires evening and weekend hours.  Salary competitive. Please submit resume and cover letter to Maggie Middleton at     


    Income Tax Revenue Exemption

Through the Employee Refund Application, the Division of Revenue allows an exemption from the first $3,000 of income tax for individuals who are over the age of 65.


Boards and Commissions

Lexington has 80 Mayor-appointed boards and commissions that provide engagement opportunities regarding matters that affect quality of life for Fayette County residents. A few examples include the Commission for People with Disabilities, Environmental
Commission, Human Rights Commission and the Housing Authority Board.


    Neighborhood Youth                      Council

Neighborhood Youth Council (NYC) empowers youth to take leadership and service roles in their community. The mission is to Create, Advocate, Service, and Educate the community; through community development
projects, promoting creativity, safe spaces, and raising awareness of social justice issues. NYC works closely with other local youth organizations, neighborhood associations, and city government to increase the availability of positive programming for youth in the city. 


    On the Table

On the Table is a one-day opportunity to
gather around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people meeting for the first time to have a real conversation about what is important to Lexington.

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     Citizens Fire Academy

The Lexington Citizens Fire Academy is a dynamic 10-week program designed to
provide participants with an inside view of the organization and operations of the Lexington Fire Department.


    Leadership Lexington

Leadership Lexington is a
leadership development program administered by Commerce
Lexington and directed toward individuals who demonstrate
leadership qualities. The program gives participants the
opportunity to better understand our city and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders. Leadership Lexington is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues. The makeup of each year’s class is intended to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our city. Residents and individuals who work in the Lexington area are eligible to apply for Leadership
Lexington. Applicants must be employed by firms or organizations that are active members of Commerce Lexington.

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    Citizens Police Academy

The Lexington Citizens Police Academy is a dynamic 10-week program designed to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. This program is comprehensive, covering a different area of the department each week.

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        One Lexington

Created in 2017, One Lexington strives to coordinate, leverage and mobilize City Government and community resources to enhance safety and quality of life in
neighborhoods experiencing violent crimes in order to inspire a generation of youth to see a positive future for themselves.



The iKnowExpo® is a free event for people of all ages and life stages: living out their golden years; taking care of someone they love; coping with difficult health situations or simply smart enough to know it’s never too early to start planning for the future.  The i know expo will empower us with
information about the services, resources and support available to make the rest of life the best of life.

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      Fayette Alliance

Fayette Alliance is a coalition of citizens
dedicated to achieving sustainable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land-use advocacy, education, and research. As Lexington evolves into a dynamic, vibrant city, it’s more important than ever that we continue to grow smart by striking a balance between innovative, responsible development and the protection of our irreplaceable Bluegrass farmland. Through our efforts at government and beyond, Fayette Alliance positively impacts countywide planning and zoning laws and policies – which are the building blocks of a better quality of life, economy, and environment for all of us.

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       Imagine  Lexington

Imagine Lexington is the comprehensive plan designed to create a vision and strategy that will allow Lexington to grow and prosper while preserving, protecting and enhancing existing neighborhoods, downtown and the rural Bluegrass cultural landscape. Imagine Lexington is the next chapter in the city’s history and offers the opportunities for everyone to be involved in shaping the future of our community.


            Job Club 

Innovative program was begun in 2013 and is unique in the state and nation. Job Club has connected over 200 job seekers to employment.   As a land grant institution, Job Club is a free resource to assist and benefit citizens in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This model that teaches job search principles including financial management 2x monthly at the Extension Center.  This was a much needed community resource during the recession as well as currently with recent company employee layoffs.  The return on this program approximates $8.4M.  Job Club received the 2017 JCEP Creative Excellence Award for this impactful program. 

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Comeback KY! 


Think it’s too late to continue your education?  Think again.


AARP Kentucky has launched a new initiative in partnership with The Graduate! Network called KY Comebackers. KY Comebackers provides guidance and resources through a set of “lifelong learning pathways”.  These pathways direct adults in Kentucky to low-cost and no-cost options to complete a GED, Technical Certificate, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s degree in the Commonwealth.  Earning a credential or completing a degree can help connect one to in-demand jobs in Kentucky or earn needed skills to move ahead in their career.


Consider the life-changing benefits, financial security, and self-satisfaction of continuing education and becoming a lifelong learner.  Check us out at: and on Twitter: @ComebackKY.