Summer youth employment program announced

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Community Action Council will provide summer jobs for eligible area youth this summer.

“We have signed a $316,516 contract with the Jefferson County Department of Job and Family Services that will allow us to fill 97 job slots and hire four mentors for a seven-week period starting June 15. We will start taking applications for these jobs on Monday,” stated CAC Chief Executive Officer Barb West.

“The youth applying for the jobs must live in a Temporary Assistance for Need Family’s home. The eligible youth will be paid $7.85 an hour for a 37.5-hours work week,” West explained.

“We will post the job positions on our website at We have sent out about 65 workplace assignment applications so far. We do work with the youth workers so they know they have to show up on time, dress accordingly for the job and learn good work habits. I am very happy to report today this program will put some young people to work this summer,” she added.

West made her comments Wednesday afternoon during a CAC board of trustees meeting.

In other matters, the board approved an amendment to the CAC home weatherization assistance program grant agreement.

“Due to the federal sequestration we will lose $10,952 but are still expected to do weatherization work on the same number of residences,” West noted.

The board agreed to seek an extension training program for former Severstal Steel employees who lost their jobs at the steel mill.

“We currently have 14 in retraining programs and 22 people who are in the job search process. We are not asking for more money. But we do need a year’s extension to allow these people to complete their job retraining. We are also asking the state for an extension to the Jefferson County flood cleanup program and any additional dollars that may be available to keep those temporary workers in the affected areas cleaning out streams and creeks,” West said.

West also reported the federal sequestration will mean Head Start classes in Jefferson County will start one week later in the fall.

“We will be be reducing one class in the Head Start program because we will see an approximately $90,000 reduction in our funding. We have also reached an agreement with our American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union representing Head Start workers to extend our current contract for one year,” stated West.

West said the Jefferson County Head Start program will hold graduation programs on May 24.

And West announced the 2013 Ohio Valley Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on May 8 at the Fort Steuben Mall.

“Last year we had 581 job seekers visit the fair. The mall is an ideal location for this event and we are pleased to be back there again this year. So far we have 44 employers signed up for this year’s fair and I expect more employers to express their interest in being there by that day,” cited West.