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Media Advisory
News Date: May 26, 2017

City Announces 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program

The City of Columbus is now accepting applications for the ACHIEVE Summer Youth and Young Adult Jobs Program. ACHIEVE is a collaborative effort between the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WDBCO). Through the Franklin County Summer Youth Works Program the Franklin County Board of Commissioners will place 2,385 youth eligible for Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) in summer work experience programming.

“We know that summer youth employment provides our young people with skills and experience, but it is also a key strategy in the prevention of youth violence,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “And the impact of summer employment is long lasting, giving young people more confidence and commitment in school.”

“The Summer Youth Employment Program benefits youth and employers,” said Lisa Patt McDaniel, CEO of WDBCO. “Our youth earn money and gain training, while employers are able to fill seasonal employment needs.”

ACHIEVE is an eight-week summer program that provides central Ohio youth with jobs skills and workplace experience in community-based organizations, city agencies and private sector businesses. The program has two primary goals: to give youth and young adults ages 14-21 positive summer work experiences and to serve the local business community by helping companies fill seasonal positions.  The City of Columbus has 166 positions.

"I am grateful for the partners that have come together to connect youth in our city to summer jobs," said Councilmember Jaiza Page, chair of the Recreation and Parks Committee. "We are continually working to provide opportunities for our youth to have a fun and safe summer."

The program is administered by WDBCO through funding received from the City of Columbus and Franklin County. The Boys and Girls Club and IMPACT Community Action are the Youth Services Providers who will deliver work readiness training and job matching for all youth participants for the city. 

Youth and young adults ages 14-21, both in and out of school, can register for the summer jobs program by going to www.wdbco.org and completing the online application. Deadline for applications is June 9, 2017.

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The Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WDBCO) is the local workforce development board for Franklin County and provides oversight for the operations of the OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County center. WDBCO partners with community organizations and education institutions that provide direct services to create innovative workforce solutions.  For more information on WDBCO visit www.wdbco.org .