Summer youth program returns

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services will again offer its annual Belmont County Summer Youth Employment program.

It will be offered to income eligible youth, ages 16 to 24 (must be age 16 by June 1). Youths ages 14- and 15- year old may apply but will be placed on a waiting list.

This program is part of Ohio’s Summer Youth Program, including a $289,000 allocation to Belmont County.

“We need all county youth interested in the annual program to contact our Connections Office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment,” said BCDJFS Director Dwayne Pielech. “We will begin conducting interviews in May and do all the preliminary employer scheduling in advance of the June start-up. The appointment schedule will fill quickly.”

Pielech said the $289,000 allocation will allow the department to hire about 100 youth countywide, with the program goal of placing the youth workers in their respective communities, townships and school districts. Income eligibility is 200 percent of poverty or below. He said the Agency is currently seeking interested youth and will soon begin the application process and eligibility screenings. Like last year, Pielech said this year’s program will be operated by the Belmont County Community Action Commission, once all youth are hired.

Interested youth should call Connections at 740-633-JOBS (5627) or 1-877-516-JOBS (5627) to schedule an eligibility appointment. Application packets are also available in local high schools where high school youth can submit applications by mail rather by an appointment. Appointments will begin in the next week and youth should call as soon as possible before all appointments are filled.

Students can obtain applications at their respective high school and submit applications by mail. Students not in school can obtain applications at Belmont County Connections or by calling Connections for an appointment.

Families with more than one child applying for the program must submit an application and required forms for each child.

A youth applicant must be a Belmont County resident.

Priority for selection will be given to youth ages 16 to 24 and those who will turn 16 by June 1. Those who are 14 and 15 may apply but will be placed on a waiting list.

For youth under age 16, they must obtain a work permit if selected to work under the program.

The program will begin in June and end in August. The exact dates are to be determined.

Being determined eligible for the Summer Youth Employment Program does not guarantee placement in the program. Placement is subject to funding levels, the number of youth who can be served and work site availability,

Job types: painting, cleaning, clerical, custodial, grass cutting, recreational aides, library clerk, etc.

Work sites: schools, villages, townships, parks, pools, libraries and businesses.

Youth will earn $7.85 per hour (Ohio’s minimum wage). Youth will work 35 hours per week.

Youth’s gross family income (30 days prior) to the application date must be below the following limits:

MUST BE BELOW the following:

Family SizeGross Monthly Income

1 $1,915

2 $2,585

3 $3,255

4 $3,925

5 $4,595

6 $5,265

7 $5,935

8 $6,605