County Expects $1 Million from $26 Million Pot for Summer Youth Employment
TOLEDO – The Lucas County Board of Commissioners – President Pete Gerken and Commissioners Tina Skeldon Wozniak and Carol Contrada – will announce the 2012 Summer Youth program for TANF eligible youth ages 16 to 24 in a media conference to be held at The Source Northwest Ohio, located at 1301 Monroe Street in Downtown Toledo, on Monday, April 16 at 2:30 PM.
The program is being funded with $26 million in statewide Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) funds being released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
While the state has not determined how much money will be allocated to local agencies, Deb Ortiz-Flores, Executive Director of the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services (LCDJFS) estimates that the county will receive $1 million which will help employ approximately 500 youth.
LCDJFS will receive the program funds and, according to Eric Walker, Director of the Lucas County Workforce Development Agency (LCWDA), his agency will work with employers to identify potential work sites and administer the program from The Source.
Eligible youth will be notified by with instructions on how to register for the program and what information will be required.
The jobs will pay $8 per hour, Walker said, and youth will work 25 hours per week. Employment will cover an eight week period beginning June 18, 2012 and ending August 10, 2012.
Businesses interested in serving as worksites and youth wanting to participate in the program are encouraged to call 419-213-6340 for more information.