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May 14, 2009, 11:16 AM HST
* Updated May 14, 11:17 AM
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Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) received federal funds to employ 65 low income youth for the summer. The funds were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Applications are being accepted for youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Employment is good for six weeks beginning in June with the private and public sector, depending on the interests and abilities of the applicants. Part of the program involves classroom job readiness training but the main goal is to provide meaningful work experience for the youth.

Youth who are interested in applying for these positions must meet low income criteria. For example a family of four would have to have earned less than $33,201 in 2008 in order to qualify. If the family’s circumstances have changed since last year, they may be eligible based on their year-to-date and projected income.

Applications are available on line at, by calling 873-3101 or by email at [email protected]. Once the application is filled out youth who think they may qualify should go to MEO Youth Services at 189 Ka’ahumanu Ave., Kahului. They should bring proof of income in the form of 2008 tax return, pay stubs, public assistance ID, or unemployment verification. In addition they need to bring their social security card; birth certificate, alien registration card, naturalization certificate or passport; family size verification, if they are not presenting their tax returns, then a copy of the lease, landlord statement or welfare verification; selective service (registration or record).

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer the low-income youth of our community work experiences, work readiness training and additional income for their families in these most difficult times,” said MEO CEO Sandy Baz.

(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009; Placeholder images courtesy: MEO)

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