From workers stories
STEUBENVILLE — Some native teenagers discovered the worth of labor because the 2022 Summer time Youth Program got here to a detailed.
This system, which is coordinated by the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Group Employment Companies along with Alternatives for Ohioans with Disabilities, provided youth between the ages of 14 and 20 an opportunity to earn minimal wage whereas performing jobs within the space. Two four-week classes had been held, from June 7-30 and July 12-Aug. 4 and crews labored Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to finish gentle landscaping and janitorial companies.
The primary session included 10 college students who hung out at Aracoma Park in Mingo Junction, the Mingo Metropolis Constructing and Friendship Park in Smithfield with 4 teenagers within the latter session at Belleview Park in Steubenville and Jefferson State Lake in Richmond.
Renee Pastre Hanilin and Angela Loppe Goodrich, JCBDD neighborhood employment specialists, led the classes with assist from Steven Forte, Particular Olympics coordinator for Jefferson County, on among the initiatives. Hanlin mentioned the youth not solely earned cash however discovered tasks to information them as working adults. Every week, they visited the assorted parks and buildings and carried out upkeep from pulling weeds, portray, sweeping and clearing particles to cleansing shelter homes, mopping and sterilizing restrooms.
Most of the teenagers planted white oak, crimson oak and redbud tree saplings as a part of the upgrades at Friendship Park. In the course of the ultimate few weeks, the smaller group engaged in mulching, normal cleanup and portray benches and railings on the Belleview Clubhouse with extra portray at Jefferson State Lake’s campgrounds and lifejacket station.
Hanlin mentioned this system, which is now in its seventh 12 months, included 4 additional youth with Forte additionally being concerned, and the CES will proceed to help the teenagers past commencement.
“Each time we end, we can have particular person workers conferences with the OOD and we’ll resolve what the subsequent step could be for the remainder of the 12 months,” she mentioned. “We provide pre-employment transition companies, allow tutoring, community-based assessments and work adjustment to college students all year long.”
CES assists with secondary teaching programs, office readiness coaching and instruction in self-advocacy. A number of earlier college students have gone on to safe full-time employment. She and Goodrich thanked Lori Fetherolf, Steubenville’s recreation director; Tim Tuttle, Nationwide Useful resource Tech I; and Karl Mattern, assistant park supervisor, for working with the youth.
“They’ve been great and gave college students alternatives to study issues they by no means would have discovered wherever else,” she continued. “Karl welcomed us with open arms and has allowed the work crew to come back out right here. The youngsters do numerous rising throughout this system.”
In the meantime, the newest individuals included Patrick Kinney, Kole Waggle, Gavin Howard and Amari Wilson, who shared what they preferred most about this system.
“That is my first paid job,” mentioned Kinney, who is eighteen. This was his second 12 months with the summer season youth program.
“I prefer it,” mentioned Howard, 16. “I get a paycheck. I’ll in all probability use my paycheck to go wherever I wish to go.”
“I second what Gavin mentioned,” added Waggle, 15. “I’m spending the entire thing in Tennessee.”
“I’ll get monetary savings and purchase one thing,” commented Wilson, 15. “Possibly I’ll purchase a toy or an animal.”
Wilson additionally has his personal small enterprise with Amari’s Gems, the place he creates and sells do-it-yourself jewellery, whereas the others mentioned they may full chores at dwelling.
“It’s duty,” mentioned Howard. “You bought to earn it.”
Hanlin and Goodrich famous that they hope to see the youth return once more subsequent 12 months. For details about the summer season youth program, contact Hanlin or Goodrich at (740) 266-3839 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.