YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Local communities and businesses looking to hire young people for summer employment may be able to get some help from Mahoning County’s Department of Job and Family Services.
Directors told commissioners Thursday they recently received nearly $830,000 in federal grant funds to help reimburse employers who take part in the annual summer youth jobs program.
The Mahoning-Columbiana Training Association will administer the effort, which will run from May 1 through the end of October.
Organizers are looking for local companies and governments that are willing to take part.
“A lot of our outlying areas we try to get out there to try to get them more involved. That is where the lacking comes in. In the city we have more than enough to send the kids, but we do need employers,” said Gwendolyn Graves, Dept. of Job and Family Services.
Employers could be reimbursed for at least a portion of the wages paid to the young people they hire.
Last year about 230 local teens and young adults found work in the program and organizers hope even more can be hired this year.