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Summer job opportunities available for reservation youth

May 12, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Eastern Shoshone 477 Program in Fort Washakie is now accepting applications for its summer youth program. The 477 Program brings employment education and training programs to residents of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Youths aged 14 to 21 are encouraged to apply if they would like employment from June 9 to July 31.

"It's a good opportunity to build a work history," said Kerry Moon, 477 Program job developer. "They can learn something new."

Winning applicants will be paid for the work they perform at various sites, Moon said.

Youths are eligible if they participate in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, are income eligible or qualify under the Workforce Investment Act, or are enrolled in the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.

Applicants also must be enrolled or previously enrolled in school. They will have to provide verification of attendance and submit to drug testing. The last day to apply is May 23.

The 477 Program also offers job placement and training scholarships for students interested in a two-year technical degree program. Applicants must be enrolled members of any federally recognized tribe and be eligible for the Pell Grant. The maximum award amount is $5,000, and the deadline to apply is June 1.

For more information, visit the Eastern Shoshone 477 Program at 104 Washakie St. or call 332-8052.