Youth needed for summer program

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is in the process of recruiting for its summer Youth Employment Program. This work experience program seeks to assist eligible participants, ages 16-24, in developing job skills to enable them to be independent and self supporting.

Christy Dillon with Arkansas Workforce is hoping to place 75 young people in the Manila, Leachville and Monette areas with summer employment. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Christy Dillon of Manila has worked with the Workforce for almost two years. She said this program is an excellent opportunity for area youth.

"It is an established program and has been around for a while," she said. "There is funding this year to place 300 youth throughout the county."

Dillon will be placing 75 young people in the Manila, Leachville and Monette area.

The majority of youth will start June 1 but interested youth may sign up as soon as possible to be considered for the 2009 Youth Program. Eligible participants are placed in jobs around the community and can work up to 40 hours a week. They will be paid $8 per hour and the summer program will run for six weeks.

For eligibility requirements, contact Dillon for information on the Manila, Monette and Leachville areas, at 762-5365. The toll free number is 866-688-5265.

Dillon said a variety of positions will be available including outside work, cleaning and clerical.

"I didn't know about the program until I started working here," she said. "I am excited about what it has to offer to the county. We have additional stimulus funding this year and will be able to place more young people in jobs."

Dillon encourages anyone interested to contact her.

"Young people will be working in their own communities," she said. "The area schools have been very cooperative. They want to help as many kids as they can."

WIA also has offices in Paragould and Jonesboro. Persons can obtain more information from these offices at 236-8220 (Paragould) or 910-8129 (Jonesboro).

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