Youth jobs program helps IN parks during cuts

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP) - A stimulus-funded jobs program that gives young Indiana residents summer work is helping keep Indiana's state parks shipshape during the peak camping season.

Indiana got $24 million in stimulus funding split between 2009 and 2010 to hire about 2,000 young people for summer jobs that pay at least $8.50 per hour.

Park officials say the hires under the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps are giving parks extra hands amid state budget cutbacks.

At Pokagon State Park in far northeastern Indiana, the 56 men and women are improving park trails and doing many other jobs.

Property manager Ted Bohman says the park's seasonal work force has shrank from the normal 40 to 15 but the young workers are taking up some of that slack.

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