"It will put 2,000 young, unemployed workers to work quickly," Daniels said at a news conference at the Indiana Statehouse.
The jobs, good for this summer and likely next summer, will pay $8.50 an hour and will be open only to those who live in households with a combined income of about $23,000 for a family of four -- the national poverty line.
Such are the stipulations of the federal government, which will fund the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps program with stimulus dollars.
Indiana will get about $24 million for training, career counseling and employment. Of that, Marion County qualifies for $3 million based on its population.
The agencies already are accepting resumes. Applicants who are military veterans and are receiving unemployment benefits will be given priority in hiring.
Statewide, more than 20,000 16- to 24-year-olds currently are receiving unemployment benefits, said DWD spokesman Marc Lotter. But not all of them meet the program's poverty requirement, so not all will be eligible to apply.
Those who do get jobs will find themselves restoring natural wildlife habitats, building trails, beautifying state parks and fixing up historic buildings.
About 100 sites run by the Department of Natural Resources are eligible under the program. Only a few are in Marion County.
Work will begin by May 1 and end by Sept. 30. If the program is successful, it will be renewed for 2010.
The goal of goverment by doing this is that they want to prepare youths for their better career.
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