New­ton grad­u­ate gains ex­pe­ri­ence and a pay­check

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Com­mis­sion un­der the over­sight of the North­east Ge­or­gia Work­force In­vest­ment Board, in­cludes youth in a 12-county area in Bar­row, Clarke, El­bert, Greene, Jack­son, Jasper, Madi­son, Mor­gan, New­ton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Wal­ton Coun­ties.

To qual­ify, these youth must meet in­come el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments and have at least one other bar­rier in­clud­ing not on sched­ule to grad­u­ate on time, teen par­ent, ba­sic skills de­fi­cient, etc. Throughout the 12-county area, 143 youth worked at lo­cal gov­ern­ment and non­profit agen­cies this sum­mer. The youth worked up to five weeks and up to 30 hours per week. They were paid min­i­mum wage through the WIA. The pro­gram con­tin­ues throughout the school year where the students work with case man­agers who en­sure they are on track in school with grades, at­ten­dance, and be­hav­ior. The youth also at­tend work­shops that help them with money man­age­ment, lead­er­ship, work skills and ca­reer path­ways.

With Ge­or­gia hav­ing one of the high­est teen un­em­ploy­ment rates in the coun­try, the ex­pe­ri­ence these youth gained would likely have not been pos­si­ble with­out the WIA Pro­gram.

Fears has en­rolled in the U.S. Marine Corps, and is in­ter­ested in the crim­i­nal jus­tice field. WIA has pro­vided her with real world ex­pe­ri­ence and prac­ti­cal skills to add to her re­sume as she pre­pares for the fu­ture.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on WIA ser­vices for youth, adult, or dis­lo­cated work­ers, please contact the North­east Ge­or­gia Re­gional Com­mis­sion’s Work­force De­vel­op­ment division at (706) 3695703.

Ti­mari Fears

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