There's an opportunity this summer for kids to pick up a paycheck and learn life skills along the way.
The Muskingum County Opportunity Center received a $280,000 grant from the State of Ohio to employee those between the ages of 14-24. Those eligible will be paid minimum wage and work 25 hours a week. There are requirements to be eligible including meeting a set household income. The Appalachian Center for Collaborative and engaged learning is helping to pair those eligible with local businesses.
"Everyone believes that the first job is important and that's why when we talk to potential employers we want them to make sure they understand that this is a training program," explained Bob Mercer from the Muskingum County Opportunity Center. "It's important that our young people know that they must be at work on time and everyday and basically that employer wants to get their monies worth when it comes to the work they need to do."
Some of the sites include painting at the business incubator, working with city agencies and at the free lunch school program.
"Anytime that we can make sure these kids get a foundation to grow and to hopefully give back more to their community as they get older, that's a win. Then on top of that the community is able to get this labor that is doing things such as taking care of vacant property throughout the county that is distressed," said Executive Director at ACCEL Jason Schroder.
Those 18-24 should contact (740) 452-5463. Those 14-18 should call (740) 588-1372. You can also contact the Opportunity Center at (740) 454-6211.