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Youth Application


Read the following information carefully before submitting your application.


The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) 2017 Ohio Youth Works Program is for youth and young adults ages 14-24 who meet income and family requirements. This program will serve eligible Lucas County residents who meet the maximum income threshold of 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline for Ohio. Eligibility will need to be verified by Pathway staff prior to enrollment in the program.

NOTE: By using the "Submit" button, you certify that the information provided on this form is accurate and complete to the best of your knowledge.  Also understand that after submission of this form, you will be required to complete additional documents to participate in the Ohio Youth Works Program (OYWP).


Pre-Employment Training

The OYWP will undertake a rolling pre-employment schedule with one week of training provided to participants ages 14-24 followed by seven weeks of employment at a worksite.


Training will be a crucial and mandatory component of the program. Two training modules addressing Professionalism, Long Term Success, Computer Skills, and Job Preparation will be provided to participants.




Food assistance, Pursuant to Rule 51014-419 of the Ohio Administrative Code, income received from the TANF Lucas County Empowerment Program is considered countable earned income for the food assistance program, except for those food assistance participants 17 years old or younger who are enrolled in school. 

Also, pursuant to Rule 51011-23-20(D)(1)(C) of the Ohio Administrative Code, earnings received from participation in the TANF Lucas County EmpowermentProgram are countable in determining Ohio Works First eligibility and level of benefits when the participant is a minor parent or does not meet the definition of a minor child. Income received from the program by non-parent minors who meet the definition of a minor child (because the minor is either under 18 years of age, or is age 18 and attending high school full time) is excluded from the determination of Ohio Works First eligibility for the family.

Please download and print the PDF version here. Be sure to read the FAQs before filling out the youth application.



Professionalism and Long Term Success

  • Successful Interviewing Techniques
  • Hygiene, Professional Attire
  • Work Ethic
  • Financial Literacy
  • Motivation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Development of Cover Letters and Thank You Letters


Computer Skills and Job Preparation

  • Basic Computer Use
  • Basic Understanding of Microsoft Word
  • Online Employment Application Completion
  • Uploading and attaching documents
  • How to Utilize the Library for Employment Applications and Jobs Searches
  • Creation of a resume
  • Development of Cover Letters and Thank You Letters
  • Professional and Personal References
  • Registering in the Portals for Lucas County Job and Family Services, Child Support Enforcement Agency and Ohio Means Jobs