Crete Park District receives $81K Youth Corps grant

2014-06-26T00:00:00Z Crete Park District receives $81K Youth Corps grantFor The Times nwitimes.com
June 26, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CRETE | The Crete Park District is one of 83 park districts in Illinois to share in a $4.5 million grant to hire 1,500 youth this summer under the Illinois Youth Recreation Corps program through the Department of Natural Resources. The park district will receive $81,600.

Illinois Youth Recreation Corps 2014 will be used to hire youth ages 14 to 19 to assist or run programs for the Crete Park District. They will work as instructors for youth camps, instructional aides, supervisors and maintenance.

The Crete Park District is approached daily by youth seeking employment. The district's summer programs and maintenance opportunities will allow it to employing more youth in the community. In accordance with the grant the park district  will be able to hire 20 youth ages 14 to 18 and two 19-year-olds. The Crete Park District encourages individuals in this age group who desire to make a difference in the parks to apply as soon as possible, as employment will run through Aug. 31.

With the availability of this grant the Crete Park District will be able to expand current programs in place, create new and exciting programs this summer, and improve facilities' maintenance. This grant comes on the heels of the Crete Park District being awarded the Com Ed Open Lands grant of $8,000 to develop Peter Halligan Park in Lincolnshire Green. This new grant will employ individuals to help build this park.

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