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Summer youth program important

May 6, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the editor:

I was pleased to hear the recent announcement that after a two-year hiatus, the Summer Youth Employment Program will be reinstated, as a result of $26 million in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funds being made available to county Department of Jobs and Family Services offices throughout Ohio for the administration and operation of this very worthwhile program.

The program has enjoyed a long and productive history in providing needy youth with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while creating an atmosphere where participating youth will further enhance their employability and job skills while earning a paycheck.

"Summer Youth," in fact, has been in existence as a federally funded employment and training program for youth for more than four decades, with its roots in the Manpower Development Training Act in the 1960s and has continued literally uninterrupted until recently under it successors, the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, the Job Training Partnership Act and the Workforce Investment Act, and has had a significant positive impact on virtually all involved during its many years of operation.

In addition to assisting participating youth, which is the program's primary focus, involved worksites and local economies also benefit.

Personally, I have firsthand knowledge of the very positive significance of the funding of such an excellent program, as for nearly 20 years I had the honor of providing oversight and had direct involvement in the delivery of the aforementioned services.

In closing, I applaud those entities responsible for securing the funds to implement this very-much needed program, as I am certain it will once again prove to be a win-win for all.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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