Grants put teens to work

Teens will have an opportunity to learn important job skills, be paid for their work, and help provide summer recreational and conservation experiences for other youth as part of state grants awarded to four local park districts. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has awarded $56,090 to State Rep. Robert Pritchard’s district as part of the Youth Recreation Corps program.  

Pritchard (R-Sycamore) said recipients in his district were the DeKalb Park District ($11,670), Genoa Park District ($19,400), Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association ($11,700) and Hampshire Township Park District ($13,320).  

To be eligible for the grant, local governments and nonprofit organizations had to apply and agree to provide oversight for the program, facilities and other necessary resources.  To be hired for the program, youth must be between 14 and 19 years of age, U.S. citizens and Illinois residents.  They cannot be currently employed by the park district.

Pritchard noted that summer jobs for youth are scarce, and this program provides them income and useful experiences. Youth workers will earn $9 per hour and youth supervisors will receive $12 per hour. Youth interested in working for the program should contact their park district.

“I thank the Department of Natural Resources for selecting the local park districts and the governor for helping put youth to productive work,” Pritchard said.

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