MOUNT VERNON — In its third year of operation, Knox County Youth Works has 34 youth, age 16 to 24, in its work experience program.
Assistant Director Tanner Salyers explained that Knox County Youth Works is part of a federal program, with money sent to the state and administered by Job and Family Services. The program in Knox County is conducted under the auspices of Goal Digital Academy, a public high school in Mansfield.
Students are placed in jobs at participating businesses, their wages paid by the program. When they complete the program, they have valuable work experience to fall back on in the working world.
Because of work restrictions on 14- to 16-year-olds, Salyers said many of them are organized into crews and do odd jobs, such as painting a shed at New Directions or working on a farm.