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News: Niagara County Summer Youth Employment Program

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The Summer Youth Employment Program is a TANF-funded program that provides Niagara County youth ages 14-20 with summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. To be eligible for the program, you must be at least 14 years-old by May 14, 2021 and cannot be older than 20 on August 27, 2021. Your family must also meet the following income guidelines*:

Family Size Annual Income Family Size Annual Income For families / households with more than 10 persons, add $9,080 for each additional person.
1 $25,760 6 $71,160
2 $34,840 7 $80,240
3 $43,920 8 $89,320
4 $53,000 9 $98,400
5 $62,080 10 $107,480

*If you receive Family Assistance, Safety Net Family Assistance, SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, or HEAP, you are automatically income eligible.  
 
Through this program, we strive to provide young people with the opportunity to:
  • Earn money, obtain financial literacy education, and gain meaningful work experience
  • Learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and commitment needed to succeed in today’s world of work
  • Gain exposure to various career industries
  • Interact with dynamic working professionals in a positive work environment.
 
When is the Summer Youth Employment Program?
If we receive funding, the majority of jobs will start on July 5, 2021 and will end by August 27, 2021.
 
How many spaces are available this year?
If we receive funding, the amount of funding will determine how many youth we can hire. We encourage youth to apply early and attend scheduled appointments. Completing the application does not guarantee that you will receive a job this summer. The application is just the first step in determining if you meet the program’s eligibility requirements. 
 
Who do I contact for more information?
Program dates and information are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information about the Summer Youth Employment Program, please visit: www.worksource1.com

How do I apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program?
Complete an application.  Applications are available at all Niagara County Public School Guidance Offices, Niagara County One-Stop Career Centers, Local Human Service Agencies, and online at www.worksource1.com . Applications can be mailed to the Niagara County Employment & Training Dept., 1001 Eleventh Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301, or dropped off at this location Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. They may also be emailed to dawn.cody@niagaracounty.com or faxed to (716) 278-8149.
 
To be considered for the program, completed applications must be returned with the following documents by May 14, 2021:
 
  • Copy of your Social Security Card
  • Copy of your Birth Certificate
  • Copy of your photo ID
  • Recent Report Card – Most Show Attendance Record
  • Proof of address (if different from address listed on report card)
  • Original Working Papers for youth 16-17 years of age (Green Card) for youth 14-15 (Blue Card). Working paper applications can be obtained at your school and must be submitted through your school guidance counselor.  They will provide you with your Working Papers (Green or Blue Card).
  • Males 18 years of age or older must present evidence that they have registered for Selective Service in compliance with Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act.
  • If you are under 18, your Parent or Guardian must sign the application
  • If you are in school, a School Official must complete the bottom portion of the application.
  • Depending on your situation, additional documents may be requested.  It is in your best interest to apply early.
 
What happens after I complete the application and turn in all of my documents?
If you are being considered for the program, the next step in the process will be the interview.  You will either get a letter in the mail or a phone call asking you to come in for an interview.  Please make sure that the information you provide on your application is accurate.  If you move or your phone number changes, please contact us immediately. 
 
What are the expectations for Youth Participants?
Once you are approved to participate and receive your summer job assignment, you will be expected to report to your worksite daily and to follow all rules established by your employer and worksite supervisor.
You are expected to be active and engaged, and to put forth your best effort while on the job.  Each youth is assigned a Niagara County staff person who will act as a liaison to the employer.  Any participants who are unable to maintain good standing with the employer will be subject to termination from the job.
 
How will Youth Participants get paid?
All participants in the 2021 Summer Youth Program will be paid $13.50/hour. Participants will only be compensated for time worked and up to the maximum number of hours permitted by the program.
 
You will receive a paycheck weekly. You are strongly encouraged to open a checking or savings account now so that you do not have to pay fees for check cashing. You will also be encouraged to use direct deposit so you will not experience delays in accessing your money. 

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