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May 27, 2009
Economic Stimulus Funds Will Provide Summer Jobs
For Hundreds of Oswego County Youth
More than 400 economically disadvantaged youth will be able to work this summer thanks to an economic stimulus allocation received by the Oswego County Workforce New York One Stop Career Center. That's double the number of Oswego County youth that were served last year.
Youth will work as library aides, custodial helpers, recreation aides, clerical assistants, conservation crew workers and landscapers in public and non-profit agencies. Subsidies are also available to create jobs in the private sector for employers interested in hiring youth. Youth must meet low income guidelines and be between the ages of 14 and 24 in order to be eligible. The jobs will pay $7.25 per hour and most youth will work a 30-hour work week.
Orientations are being held at school districts throughout the county and at the Oswego County offices in Fulton and Mexico. Interested youth are advised to apply quickly as slots are filling up.
For information, call Summer YouthWorks at 591-9000. Applicants will be required to provide birth certificates, social security cards, proof of residence and proof of income.
The YouthWorks program is one of three groups that will receive employment and training services through the federal Workforce Investment Act and other state and federal funding sources.
“Oswego County will receive $1.3 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funding to provide employment and training services to economically disadvantaged families,” said County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann, District 4, Amboy. “Eligible adults, youth, and dislocated workers will be served. No local tax dollars are required for this program.”
Eligible adults and dislocated workers will receive employment and training services for occupations that lead to employment in local “high growth” industries, according to Frances Lanigan, Commissioner of the Oswego County Department of Social Services.
“Services provided through the federal economic stimulus funds are intended to address the needs of job seekers and local businesses through training programs and services that respond to local workforce needs,” said Lanigan. “This funding will enable the workforce area to expand the summer work program to an additional 200 summer jobs to eligible youth between the ages of 14 and 24. In addition, it will increase training opportunities for Oswego County residents, provide customized training services in response to local business training needs, and expand work readiness skills training and computer literacy classes on-site at the One-Stop Center in Fulton.”
For information, call or stop by the County One Stop Center at the branch office building, 200 N. Second St., Fulton, phone 591-9000, or the Social Services Department, Spring Street, Mexico, phone 963-5000.
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