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Local Youths Put to Work Thanks to Stimulus Program

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GRANDVIEW--Finding work:  it's a full time job for some in and of itself, especially for teens with little experience.

But, one program is putting local kids to work.

The federal stimulus package included $1.2 billion for youth employment.  KNDO found a couple teens taking advantage of those dollars today.

Juan Hernandez is 16 and working for the Grandview Fairgrounds.

He said finding a job was all thanks to this program.

"I applied at a couple places, but since there's so many students and so many people applying it's kind of hard to find a job," Hernandez said.  "I got a job working in the fields for two weeks, but then I started summer school and couldn't work [in the fields,] so this was perfect for me."

Hernandez said he heard of the program through Work Source.

He'll work 200 hours this summer.

Work Source is still accepting applications from people age 16 through 24.

They're also looking for businesses who can offer jobs to youth.

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