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Youth and young adults in Fort Bend County looking to earn some extra money while getting valuable skills for a future in the workforce can do so while working for the county this summer.

Last Friday, the county announced the launch of a Youth Employment Program (YEP) that officials say will provide temporary summer jobs with the county for those ages 16-21. There are also year-round employment opportunities available per a partnership between the county and Rosenberg-based Workforce Solutions.

Applications are due June 9 and can be found and completed by going to fortbendcounty.jobs. Once there, applicants can click the “Apply Online” button and type in “Temporary Youth Worker.

The program, funded by $1 million from the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act, aims to employ 250 youth and young adults with paid work opportunities and the chance to experience a variety of careers available throughout the county. Workers can make up to $15 per hour depending on the job, according to a news release from the county, and can work up to 40 hours per week. 

“This is a way that we can empower, uplift, and teach our young people good work habits, responsibility, and organizational skills so they can be successful in college and with their careers,” County Judge KP George said. “We are giving them an opportunity to earn while they learn and gain experience that will be valuable to their future.”

There will be 37 county offices participating in the program, George said, such as the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Behavioral Health Services, Commissioner Offices, Constable Offices, County Clerk, County Judge, County Tax Assessor/Collector and District Attorney.

For more information on the program, visit fortbendcounty.jobs.

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