LISBON - In a program returning from 2010, young people from low-income families will get a chance to obtain summer employment through the Department of Job and Family Services.
Eileen Dray-Bardon and Carol Harvey informed the Columbiana County Commissioners on Wednesday about the return of the program, which was popular in 2010 and not funded by the state in 2011. They learned it will be funded by $26 million statewide this year, although the exact amount the county will have at its disposal is not yet known. Last time, the county received $700,000 toward the program.
Those ages 16 to 24 are eligible provided they live in a household at 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
For a family of two, the income level is $2,522 monthly; a family of three, $3,182; four, $3,842; five, $4,502; and up to $6,182 for a family of eight.
Those between ages 18 and 24 must live in a home with a minor child and have received their high school diploma or GED. Additionally, those between 18 and 24 who meet the income guidlines and are the non-custodial parent of a child are also eligible. Foster children are not eligible.
The jobs are provided by both public sector officials and private sector companies. In the past, summer youth workers were at the courthouse, in parks, with the township trustees and other opportunities. This year, all those working in the program will be paid $8.50 per hour. Employment can begin as early as June 4 and end by Aug. 31.
Those who hosted youth workers through the program two summers ago will be contacted shortly to see if they are interested in participating again. New employers interested should contact Harvey at 420-6670. Worksite orientations will be held at 10 a.m. May 10 and 2 p.m. May 17. Potential worksites must attend one of the sessions.
Interested youth are asked not to contact the Department of Jobs and Family Services until May 18. At that point, those organizing the program will know where jobs are available and can begin matching up the potential workers with employers for interviews.
"The main point is it will give the child the experience of a job, getting up on time, getting transportation to work and gaining work experience," Harvey said.