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TOWN EXPECTS TO CUT YOUTH JOBS PROGRAM CHEEKTOWAGA PREPARES TO DEAL WITH FISCAL CRUNCH

One Cheektowaga youth program will be dropped March 31, but others will continue -- some with a reduced scope -- through 1991, despite of financial problems at the state, county and town levels.

The Youth Employment Program will be ended March 31, barring an additional allocation of funds, Kenneth J. Kopacz, youth director, said Wednesday.

Operated under contract by Catholic Charities, it includes a "rent-a-kid" program, matching teen-agers with persons looking for help for odd jobs, and a job-readiness program, training youths in job-hunting and interviewing techniques.

The need for the program has been lessened by the increase in job opportunities for teen-agers ages 16 and older with the increase in retailing in Cheektowaga, Kopacz said.

For the most part, odd jobs appeal now to 14- and 15-year-olds, whose work is restricted under state law, he said.

A counseling program for school dropouts and potential dropouts will be continued with a $12,000 reduction in funding to $81,600. It is operated under contract by Catholic Charities.

Youth Engaged in Service, a program for volunteers operated under contract by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, will continue.

A counseling program for youths in trouble with the law or other difficulties, will be continued at a reduced level through Child and Family Services.

State funds cover half the cost of the youth programs, with the town, Erie County and non-profit agencies providing the balance.

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