Job Connection ready to help seniors, disabled residents

Do home chores sometimes feel overwhelming?  Assistance from local teens ages 12-17 is available in the Forest Lake and surrounding areas in a referral program offered by the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau and Forest Lake Area Schools Community Education.

Teens are available to help with almost any chore.  Popular tasks performed are: raking, shoveling, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, organizing and more.  The Job Connection program offers a way for adults ages 55 plus and/or disabled to get affordable help and youth to gain work experience.

Here is how the Job Connection works:

1. Stop in at LAYSB, 244 N. Lake St., Forest Lake, or call 651-464-3685 for an adult registration packet to be mailed/emailed to you.

2. Once the YSB receives the information, a list of youth will be developed to refer to the applicant. All arrangements for work are made directly between the adult and the youth using the list of names and contact information provided by the Job Connection.

3. Adults phone the youth to discuss details of the job such as: date, time and place that the youth will report for work, type of work that needs to be done, and wages the youth will earn for their work.

4. Adults should be on site to direct and supervise youth during tasks.

Youth wanting to work are needed. Call Andria at 651-464-3685. For more information visit LAYSB’s website www.ysblakesarea.org.

Teenage workers registered with Job Connection must meet certain requirements. They include:

1. Are required to attend an orientation session with a parent/guardian offered in May.

2. Are responsible for finding transportation to jobs.

“We want this to be a great experience for both adults and teens and will follow-up with you to see how the Job Connection worked out,” said Jeanne Walz, YSB director.

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