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Summer Youth Finish Up Work Experience

By Staff | Jul 28, 2010

Pictured from left are Summer Youth Work Experience Program workers Hank Hendershot, Donna Adams, Russell Stout, Amber Goodwin, and Jessie Wade working to spruce up the Jacksonburg Park in preparation for the upcoming Jacksonburg Homecoming. Not pictured are Willie Adams, Josh Ice, Earl McFadden, Cody Scott, and Jack Adams. The site supervisor is Belinda Hendershot and program monitor is Tim Bassett.

The 2010 Summer Youth Work Experience Program (SYWEP), funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Workforce Investment Act of 1998, is coming to an end Thursday.

In Wetzel County youth ages 14-24 have been working at eight worksites: Wetzel County Commission, Town of Hundred, City of Paden City, Jacksonburg Volunteer Fire Department, Wetzel County Hospital, Village of Pine Grove, Wetzel County Schools, and Community Resources, Inc.

The program is operated by the Northern Panhandle Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (NPWIB, Inc.), in coordination with county commissioners. The 2010 SYWEP started on June 21 in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler counties.

Eligible youth are provided an opportunity to work part-time with local government agencies, non-profit organizations, community and social service agencies, for-profit agencies, and local schools with the following schedule: Monday through Thursday, 32 hours per week for six weeks and earn $7.25 per hour.

Youth are placed in jobs that provide experiential learning opportunities in fields ranging from healthcare to landscaping and “green” occupations. Youth are also provided with 18 hours of Work Readiness Curriculum where they learn about resume writing, interview skills, and developing work portfolios. There are four primary goals of the SYWEP: first, provide area youth with job readiness and basic workplace skills; second, stimulate the economy by providing youth with spendable income; third, create employment opportunities for youth that may not have otherwise been possible, and fourth, go beyond the summer and encourage youth to stay in school.

If they have already graduated or obtained a GED, then they try to transition them into an Older Youth Individual Training Account (ITA) Program, which is for youth between the ages of 19-21. Using local WIA funds, the NPWIB, Inc. is able to fund up to two years, with a maximum of $4,750 per program year.

This Recovery Act and WIA Funded program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program.