Summer workers learn the ropes

Hundreds of area young people are getting a little extra spending money in their pockets thanks to a summer internship program.

Several interns with the program were at work Wednesday at the Mahoning County Commissioner’s Office.

The workers are among about 275 students from the Youngstown area spending the summer at a number of public and private businesses.

The program started last week and runs through mid-August. The program targets students from 14 to 24 years old.

“It’s a six week program. It’s good, it’ll provide them money for going back to school, school clothes, things like that or just for some fun. It’s not very often the kids get a 40 hour a week job and get paid for it,” said Mahoning County Budget Director Audrey Tillis. “They help with our fling, clean up areas that we need cleaned up that we can’t get to in a normal work day. They act as a receptionist over in the Commissioner’s Office in that area, support the staff there.”

The program is administered through the Mahoning-Columbiana Training Association and is paid for by a $916,000 grant through the county’s Department of Jobs and Family Services.

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