Debbie Hartshorn, a coordinator for the new youth jobs program mandated by the Workforce Investment Board, told the Calhoun Commission Monday evening "Young people can work and learn work skills year round and be paid, under this program." The program is being developed by Human Resources Development Corporation of Morgantown and can engage young people between the ages of 14 and 21.

Currently, nineteen young people have enrolled. "I will be vigorously working with them," said Hartshorn. Career and job exploration is a goal of the program.

Hartshorn said kids could earn more money through their involvement with HRDS than the old Summer Work Program, which has essentially been disbanded.

Many of the services are being provided in-school, but placing individuals in community jobs is essential to the training program. Both private and public sector employers are participating in the effort.

"This program teaches kids real world responsibility," said Hartshorn, who said she personally does not believe in hand-out programs. "They have to participate in training sessions which are directed toward finding jobs and engage hands-on resposibilities.

Hartshorn has an office at Buffalo Rock and may be reached at 304-354-9506.

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