Ohio Means Jobs Youth Program

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A Summer Youth Job Program is being funded for Muskinugm County teenagers between the ages of 14 and 15.

The Muskingum County Ohio Means Jobs received a state grant to support teens from lower-income households to work for eight weeks following the last day of school. Supervisor, Julie Metzger said this will let teenagers learn valuable skills while also earning a pay check.

“We have dropped packets off at the area schools and so what they can do is they can get with their office or guidance counselor to pick up the packets,” Metzger said. “All the instructions are in the packets for them to complete. There is a work permit component there they do have to have their work permit in order to be in the program.”

Metzger explained Ohio means jobs has partnerships with various businesses in the community and the teens will have a wide selection of available work.

“We’ve done 14 and 15-year-old programs in the past and we’ve had good success with that age group,” Metzger said. “They’re willing to work, they’re eager to learn. So it’s been a really good program. So we were glad to see the funding come down again this year, that we were able to fund this program.”

The program will be a first come first serve basis. Teens can pick up information packets from their school or at Ohio Means Jobs located on Woodlawn Avenue. For more information on the Summer Youth Job Program contact Ohio Means Jobs by calling (740) 454-6211.

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