State to Seek Funds for Youth Park Jobs

9 years 5 months 3 days ago Thursday, December 30 2010 Dec 30, 2010 Thursday, December 30, 2010 7:57:19 PM CST December 30, 2010 in News

BOONE COUNTY - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon came to Finger Lakes State Park Thursday to announce the return of the State Parks Youth Corps program in 2011. The program provided employment for youths to do maintenance, restoration, and research projects in Missouri's 85 state parks during 2010.

"At a time when it has been particularly difficult for young people to find employment, the SPYC program put money in the pockets of working families," Nixon said Thursday.

Missouri residents between the ages of 17-24 can apply online starting February 1 at www.mo.gov. There are income restrictions on who is eligible for the program.

Nineteen year-old Wesley Nachbar worked at Finger Lakes last year. This year, he plans on going into the military, but if that doesn't work out, he wants to go back to his old job.

"I do not know how much I actually made this summer but I got eight dollars an hour," Nachbar said. "With the program I had 240 hours to work which was six weeks."

Because of the money, Nachbar bought himself a car he needed. Nachbar has been a part of the Jay Nixon appearances both times he's come to the park during the program's existence.  

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