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Choctaw Nation Youth Work Program Now Taking Applications

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Workforce Investment Act Program offers young adults an opportunity to establish a foundation for success in the workplace. The youth program is designed to introduce workers into the workforce and assist with the development of behaviors and attributes to become a successful employee. Employers are seeking individuals with good communication skills, honesty, work ethic, professionalism, positive attitude and are self-motivated.

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WIA students at the summit which kicks off the summer program

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has made revisions to the upcoming youth work program effective Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The constraints placed upon employers by Child Labor Laws have made development of these skills more challenging. This challenge initiated the upcoming changes to the Choctaw Nation Youth Work Program. Child Labor Laws prohibit teen workers under the age of 16 to participate in job activities which are potentially harmful. For this reason, revisions have been made to the youth work program. Please note the decision was made to grandfather all youth work program participants who successfully completed the youth work program in 2013.

These changes will effect new applicants for the program. All new applicants must be 16 years or older on or before Monday June 9th to be apply for the 2014 Youth Work Program. Program guidelines still apply to all applicants for the program. Beginning January 2014, participants who successfully completed the youth work program will be permitted to work this year. Renewal applications will be accepted from participant’s ages 14 and 15 years of age who worked and successfully completed the youth work program in 2013. Renewal applications have been mailed out to all participants who worked last year.

Applications are available at all Choctaw Nation Field offices, downloaded here or by contacting the WIA office. All applications must be in the Durant office, complete and approved by the deadline of April 1, 2014.

Original applications is required for all new applicants. Application processing can take up to 10 days. If you have not been contacted via mail with the status of your application, call the WIA office at 1-800-522-6170. Please mail original application in a timely manner to meet the deadline of April 1, 2014.

Renewals applications can be faxed or mailed.

You may contact the WIA office at: 1-800-522-6170