|Local youth find work with Ohio Means Jobs grant|
|Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DHI Media Editor
Brayden Siefker, 15, and Nathan Smith, 17, had been struggling to find work — Siefker due to his age and Smith due to the economy. The young men got assistance through the Van Wert County Youth Bureau, a division of the county Jobs and Family Services.
Funds for the Summer Employment Opportunity program come from a federal grant through Ohio Means Jobs. Case Manager Aaron Fisher said the thrust of the initiative is to match youth from lower-income families with summer jobs.
“This program is for those younger people who want to find summer work but may not have the opportunity,” Fisher said. “We process their applications and put them into a pool and try to find them work where they live because transportation can be an issue as well. Through the grant, these kids are available to cities, villages and other public entities at no cost to them.”
The youth can work up to 40 hours a week, depending on their age and the types of work they can do is based on the state minor labor laws.
“I couldn’t find a job because I’m 15 and there are a lot of things I can’t do because of that,” Siefker said. “This was an easy way to get work.”
“The work is OK and we’re earning our paychecks,” Smith said.
Siefker and Smith spent Tuesday clearing brush and debris from the city lot and bull pen across from the Municipal Building on Canal Street. They plan to return today.