Work program gives youth job skills–and pay!

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MARCHING ORDERS–Summer park workers Thad Isaacson, center, and William Reynolds, get instructions for building unique wood benches. Providing the directions is Bob Erva, Lead Ranger from the major maintenance crew at the Baraga Field Office. The youth built six two-seat-plus-table benches, and accomplished other projects this summer at Baraga State Park.

by Barry Drue

A collaborative, multiagency summer jobs program has provided valuable work experience at Baraga State Park for two Baraga High School students. And the park has greatly benefited from an
additional two paid workers and a paid supervisor. This summer the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Rec Division, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Copper Country Intermediate School District and Baraga High School have partnered to make possible paid job training experiences for youth with disabilities. This pilot initiative includes work sites at various state parks and recreation areas across Michigan. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.