Summer Youth Employment information session to be held March 7

Local employers looking for summer workers encouraged to attend

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Economic Development Alliance is hosting a Summer Youth Employment information session at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 7 at Lake Osceola State Bank, 790 Michigan Ave., Baldwin, along with workforce development partners, Baldwin Community Schools and Michigan Works! West Central. 

Lake County employers who have summer job opportunities for youth ages 16 to 24 are encouraged to attend.

“This is going to be an opportunity for businesses to learn about a youth employment program through Michigan Works! that allows businesses who agree to employ youth ages 16 to 24 and offers them a certain number of hours with specific supervision will get $15 per hour in wages paid by Michigan Works! West Central,” LCEDA director Jodi Nichols said. “So, that is free labor for the summer for some of our small businesses.”

According to Mark Buss, Business Services Specialist for Michigan Works! West Central, there are currently grant funds available to assist employers in paying wages to youth ages 16 – 24 who are part of a summer employment program designed to prepare participants for long-term success in the workforce. Employers who attend the March 7 event will learn the details of the grant funding.  

Reese Drilling, Promise Coordinator for Baldwin Community Schools, will also share information on how to participate in a Summer Job Fair for Baldwin High School students that will be held on May 1.

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with students on preparing for successful summer employment while also helping area businesses in need of staff,” shared Drilling.

An update on free marketing opportunities for tourism businesses will also be given during the session. 

Registering by email to is requested, as space is limited.