Applications are due by May 10 for Niagara County youth looking for jobs through the Niagara County Employment and Training office.
Donald Jablonski, director of the county office, said his department anticipates filling around 150 openings, available to ages 14 to 20. The jobs are funded through a state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant.
“This is a great way for young people to spend their summer, earning money and developing marketable skills,” Jablonski said. “These jobs are often the first work experience these kids have, so we try to make the experience rewarding for them in the long term.”
Niagara County Legislator Rich Andres, (R-North Tonawanda), who chairs the Legislature’s Community Services Committee, noted that efforts are made to make a good match between the youth and their summer jobs.
“Our youth typically work 20 to 25 hours a week, and we try to find jobs close to their homes,” Andres said. “We also try to set up an environment where these young workers can leave with a letter of recommendation to give them an edge with the next steps in their lives, whether it’s applying for other jobs or for college and trade schools.”
Applications may be found online at http://www.worksource1.com/YoungAdults/SummerYouthEmploymentProgram.aspx or at any Niagara County high school guidance office.