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State Parks Youth Corp Partners with the Missouri Workforce Development Agency

The State Parks Youth Corp is giving Barton County's young adults a chance to experience outside work.
LAMAR, MO.--- The State Parks Youth Corp is giving Barton County's young adults a chance to experience outside work. The Missouri Workforce Development Agency took applications for the State Park Youth Corp. 

"We have three different parks that we're taking applications for," said Sheila Eden, VOICES Youth Career Manager. 

The youth career manager for the VOICES program, Sheila Eden, tells us those parks are: Roaring River State Park in Cassville, Truman Birthplace in Lamar, and Prairie State Park near Mindenmines. She says the program is an additional job resource for young adults. 

"State Parks Youth Corp is a division of the VOICES youth program, which is a WEA youth program. So they are also eligible for the VOICE program, which they can apply for," said Eden. 

Eden says the services are provided to improve the long-term job opportunities for economically disadvantaged young people ages 17 to 23. 

"The chance that it gives the youth is to be able to hold a job this summer and work outdoors and get an appreciation of the environment and our state parks, and what better way to have a job this summer than to be outdoors and get paid for it," said Eden. 

The program also helps participants improve on their academic skills to successfully move from school to work.

"We do that by helping them with education, occupational training, we can also help them with work experience and work readiness training. Our goal there is to not give them a job, but to help them plan a career," said Eden. 

She adds for youth in the Barton County area, jobs are harder to find compared  to bigger surrounding counties. 

"Jobs are hard for this age group to find a job during the summer with our economy being so bad. So this is a perfect opportunity for us to be able to open this up to only that age range so that they can have a job during the summer," said Eden. 

This is the 5th year for the national organization to visit Lamar. Those who couldn't' make it out today can find more information by clicking here. 
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