CHICAGO (CBS) — Legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) could help more welfare recipients get jobs, and off welfare.
Dold visited the Youth Conservation Corps in Waukegan on Monday, to talk about legislation that could help such programs train young people who receive funds through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.READ MORE: Police Investigating Multiple Break-Ins On Northwest Side, Suburbs
“A lot of these young people, as you saw today, are going to be the ones that – if given an opportunity, if given a chance – will be able to impress, and be able to keep that job,” Dold said.
Sierra Reilly, 17, said she was overwhelmed by family problems, and in trouble with the law, when her parole officer told her about YCC.
“I’ve only been here for four months, and I have exactly four certifications,” she said. “I have maintenance tech, front desk representative, restaurant server, and I have my CPR certification.”
Tamera Deshawn Wallace, 20, said she’s learning construction skills through YCC’s “Youth Build” program.READ MORE: Business Is Booming For Paralegal Turned Cleaning Contractor, Thanks In Part To CTA's 'Building Small Business Program'
“I feel like it’s not easy being a single parent, and not having an education. It will really just take a toll on trying to get a job. So I just feel like Youth Build is great, because you can learn job opportunities and get your education at the same time,” she said.