Summer youth program gets funding boost

Published 10:48 am Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Program teaches students work ethics

Applications are being accepted by the department of job and family services for its summer youth program.

This year more young people can participate since the DJFS has gotten approximately $77,000 more in federal funds. This year the program will get $364,826 compared with $288,409 last year.

In the summer of 2015 there were 27 work sites with 82 young people.

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Employers are reimbursed by the DJFS for all expenses.

“They can work up to 40 hours a week,” Terry Porter, director of DJFS, said. “We do the paperwork and we pay them.”

The program is open to those between the ages of 16 to 24 years old and earn $9 an hour.

“It is up to the work site and what kind of business (determines the kind of work,)” Porter said. “They work all over the county.”

The program runs from June 1 through Aug. 31.

Applications should be returned as soon as possible.