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Summer program helps youth in Steubenville

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 06:45 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- A local program is helping to keep kids out of trouble this summer.
It’s the Tanif Summer Youth Program, and kids who are involved say it's more than just a paycheck for them.
“It gives me something to do so I won't get in trouble," said Trevon Blanchard, who works in maintenance.
He was referring to the youth program that is funded through the Jefferson County Department of Jobs and Family Services. It provides summer jobs for close to 140 kids who are less fortunate, like Arin Goldsmith, who grew up on rough times.
"I actually want to be a role model to all little kids and get out of Steubenville because there is nothing here for me,” Goldsmith said.
It’s a similar goal for Arienna Hanna, whose brother has been in and out of jail since he was 12 years old.
"He sees me doing a better job than what he's basically ever done," Hanna said.
It's that kind of positive mindset that these kids want to keep. And they are not alone. So far, 137 kids are taking advantage of all the program has to offer.
There are 60 job sites throughout Jefferson County. For kids who are high school graduates, these jobs could become permanent.
"I think this is one of the best that we've had as far as getting kids out," program worker Ross IvKovich said.
The program goes through August, but officials said they are trying to get funding to go through October to give high school graduates who are a part of the program more time to work.

Summer program helps youth in Steubenville


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