Jobs and Beyond youth jobs program lauded by state
Jobs and Beyond, a collaborative between Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board and Community Action, helps match youth in Montague, Orange and Ware with jobs in the area. The program, which started in 2016, is free to employers. Students are paid $10 per hour through a nearly $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
A regional youth jobs program has received state recognition, by being selected as “2017 Youth Program of the Year” at this year’s Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit in Devens.
It’s overseen by Donna DuSell of the job board and Holly Kosisky from Community Action, “one of only 11 U.S. Department of Labor ‘Career Pathways for Youth’ projects in the country,” according to a press statement.
Applicants must be 16 years old or older and entering their junior or senior year of high school. All three participating towns — Montague, Orange, and Ware — were selected because they have “a significant concentration of youth-in-need,” the statement says.