Portage County – The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) enables low income TANF-eligible Portage County youth to gain valuable work experience, while earning a paycheck.

In order to be eligible, youth must be a resident of Portage County, between the ages of 16 and 24, have a minor child in the household (if they are 18 or older), and meet TANF income guidelines and other eligibility requirements.

Eligible youth will be provided a list of worksites located throughout Portage County to contact for an interview(s) in a wide variety of jobs ranging from receptionist, child care, landscaping, maintenance/laborer, office clerk, food service, animal caregiver, farmworker, and many more. The worksites will make a selection from the summer youth participants they interviewed. Participants can interview at more than one site.

The program runs from June 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014. Applications are available and can be picked up at the PCJFS 2nd floor lobby or OhioMeansJobs room 134 located at 449 South Meridian Street, in Ravenna. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM. Applications will also be available online at http://www.co.portage.oh.us/jfs/index.html.

Call to schedule an appointment to review your eligibility.

Any questions please direct them toward Helene Leightner (330)297-3763 LEIGHH@odjfs.state.oh.us