By TOM GIAMBRONI
LISBON - Youths from income-eligible households will soon be able to apply for summer employment under a federally subsidized program which is being administered this year by the Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services instead of a local job-training agency.
County commissioners on Wednesday provided JFS Director Eileen Dray-Bardon with authorization to serve as the administer for the 2010 version of the Summer Youth Employment Program.
For years, the program has been run through the Mahoning-Columbiana Training Association and its predecessor, CETA. JFS Director Eileen Dray-Bardon told commissioners that this year the money was awarded to the Ohio JFS for distribution to county JFS agencies.
She said they would have liked to contract with MCTA to continue running the program, but very little of the funding can be used for administration because of JFS restrictions.
For that reason, the JFS will administer the program, which is being funded with $645,911 in federal stimulus money.
Dray-Bardon expects this to be enough to hire up to 240 youths at minimum wage ($7.30 per hour) for 30 hours per week up to 11 weeks.
The MCTA was able to employ 164 youths with last year's allocation.
Participating youths must be 16 to 24 years old and from households with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level - about $44,000 for a household of four, excluding non-cash public assistance.
Dray-Bardon said many of these jobs are with villages, cities and other local government agencies, and youths can apply directly to these government agencies, but businesses also can participate. Applicants can also contact the JFS at 330-424-1471 ext. 2120.
Government agencies interested in employing these youths must send a representative to one of two meetings scheduled at noon and 6 p.m. May 17 in the county commissioners meeting room in the county courthouse.
A similar meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 18 for private employers wishing to participate in the program. This meeting is to be held at the Community Action Agency on Lincoln Place, Lisbon.
In other action at yesterday's meeting, commissioners authorized the JFS to renew the following contracts for existing services, with the source of funding being federal funds:
n Lice Eradication Program, Community Action Agency, $33,000.
n Homemaker Services Program, CAA, $39,005.
n Project S.A.F.E., county Counseling Center, $75,000.
- Champions to Work Program, Family Recovery Center, $45,575.
The commissioners' next meeting is 9 a.m. May 19.