Stimulus Dollars at Work

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Published on August 31, 2010 with No Comments

Earlier this year, Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation (NWICA) announced an eight-week youth employment project during the summer of 2010 for teens and young adults ages 14-24. The Summer Youth Employment Project created work opportunities for the participants in various private, public, not-for-profit, government and faith based community organizations across Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties. Special funding was secured from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, a federal bill that directed stimulus dollars toward programs that promoted economic activity through job creation.

The Summer Youth Employment Project successfully promoted valuable life skills such as fiscal responsibility through workshops with First Midwest Bank and work experience through on-the-job training. Through this project, NWICA recruited and paid 588 participants as they worked at approximately 100 partner worksites that included School Corporation and City of Gary, Town of Burns Harbor, North Township Trustee Office, Porter County Boys & Girls Club and various community groups. The Summer Youth Employment Project helped stimulate the local economy by distributing paychecks totaling more than $615,000.

The summer closeout ceremony was held at Wicker Park in Highland and celebrated the participants’ completion of the project. Certificates were received and pictures were displayed to showcase work completed throughout the summer. For more information, contact NWICA at 800-826-7871, or visit

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