DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The state changed their stance on cutting funding for a Montgomery County program that employs thousands of youth.
The YouthWorks program has helped thousands of 14 to 18-year-olds find paying, summer jobs.
The state announced earlier this year it would be cutting funding for the program that’s been in place for 18 years. However, county leaders and city officials fought for the state to reconsider for several months and essentially, won.
Mark Anderson with county development services is one of several who helped the program survive. He says the program will even improve beginning next year.
Anderson believes state officials changed their minds when they realized how crucial the program is to the Miami Valley workforce.
“When we explained to them the depth of the program and how important it was to youth, how 2,300 kids were going to be effected, and over 550 businesses. I think they realized the program was a lot deeper than it looked on paper,” said Anderson.
Now, when the summer job ends after 8 weeks, kids will be given opportunities for year round mentoring and career exploration through the county.
During the fight to keep YouthWorks county leaders created the #Don’tFireOHKids on Twitter and a Facebook page.