---- — ALBANY — More than 18,000 teens will have jobs this summer through New York State’s Summer Youth Employment Program.
The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has distributed $25 million in funding to all 57 counties and New York City to help bring youths into the workforce, acquire skills that can help them improve in school and propel them to greater educational and career achievements.
Youth ages 14 to 20 are eligible if their families are recipients of public assistance or have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level or $38,180 for a family of three.
Youths interested in participating can contact their local department of social services.
For this year, Clinton County received $144,229; Essex County, $47,526; and Franklin County, $85,271.
The funding can be used to subsidize wages, to support education and training activities and for counseling and employment-related services, such as transportation to and from work or training.
In 2012, Clinton County had 94 youths participate in the Summer Youth Employment Program, with Franklin County seeing 41 and Essex County, 28.
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Acting Commissioner Kristin M. Proud said Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the program because of the employment opportunities and skills provided to teens.
“Jobs are crucial to help teach teens responsibility, good work habits, budgeting and how to cooperatively accomplish goals in a business setting,” she said in a statement.