Group Looks To Hire, Tackle Teen Drug Abuse 7-27-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Group Looks To Hire, Tackle Teen Drug Abuse 7-27-2010

If you're a college student looking to make money to help pay for school, there's a new program about to start that could be just for you.
United Way of Saginaw County is starting the program and said the goal is to wipe out substance abuse problems with area young people.
According to the group Community Impact!, young people are smoking dope and abusing drugs at an alarming rate in the Saginaw area.
“Talk with the chief of police, talk to any school teacher, any school administrator, any employer – [they] can tell you that substance abuse is a huge problem,” said Cherrie Benchley, with Community Impact! “Some people can't pass screenings to get hired."
The United Way of Saginaw County hopes to fight the problem with a new program involving AmeriCorps members. They will work in the area of substance abuse prevention to get the word out to young people.
The Boys and Girls Club will be one of the agencies participating in the program, and they're looking to hire young people who have been in college for at least one year.
"This is for the person that needs a little help, maybe getting through college, paying some expenses,” said Benchley. “It's not big money, about $6,500 annually, but while they're earning this money, they're also earning about $2,600 towards next year's tuition."
The 20 volunteers who help fight substance abuse will work about 20 hours a week.
The program is scheduled to kick off Oct. 1. The $182,000 program is funded through the state and AmeriCorps.
For more information on the program or applying for a job, click here.
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