Youth Services - Ages 16-24
Services We Offer:
Preparing our emerging workforce for skilled employment is very important to us at OhioMeansJobs-Wood County. FREE services are designed to support the youth’s goals, including:
- Obtaining a high school diploma
- Training and leadership opportunities
- Job placement
- Work experience
- How to survive on your own
- Supportive services such as child care and transportation
These are just some of the ways we can help, please feel free to contact either of our Youth program providers at: Wood County Educational Service Center- (419) 354-9010 Leslie Head
Join our Pre-apprenticeship Program!
What does that mean? Simply a program that teaches basic technical and job readiness skills in preparation to enter a Registered Apprenticeship program. Our pre-apprenticeship program will provide classroom training and hands-on labs related to an apprenticeship occupation. It also includes a paid work experience! For more information contact Mary DeWitt at 419-373-6970.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The purpose of the law is to:
• Increase opportunities for individuals, particularly those with barriers to employment
• Support alignment of workforce investment, education, and economic development systems
• Provide workers with the skills and credentials to secure and advance employment
• Promote improvement in the structure and delivery of services
• Increase the prosperity of workers and employers
• Increase the employment retention and earnings of participants and the attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials.
Fill out the application to get started and send it to Leslie Head at email@example.com.
YEP serves youth by assisting them in developing crucial life skills needed to be successful. We assist youth with setting and achieving educational, employment, and career goals. A wide variety of services are available including credit recovery, individual training and counseling, employment and career workshops, and opportunities for real-life employment experiences with local employers in the community.
Meet Our Team
Leslie Head, Program Coordinator
Leslie has worked with the OhioMeansJobs Youth program for over 10 years. Before this, she has another 20 years of experience working in the Wood County area with young people in the area of protective services, alcohol and drug treatment, equine-assisted therapy, and prevention. Leslie has a degree in social work from BGSU and is a Licensed Social Worker. She has a passion for helping young people as they move forward on their journeys to a successful future.
Dolly Inman, Case Manager
Dolly Inman is a case manager with the OhioMeansJobs Youth program and has over a decade of experience. Dolly’s pursuit to assist others to achieve self-growth, is also one she practices herself. With a passion for helping others reach their full potential, Dolly’s approach is straightforward, encouraging, and compassionate. She has a degree in Criminal Justice from Urbana University and is certified as a Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant.
Paul Flores, Case Manager
Paul has been a case manager for the OhioMeansJobs Youth program since May of 2017. He has worked in human services in a number of areas serving youth as a pastor, truancy officer, teacher, counselor, and prevention educator. Paul received his master’s degree in Human Services and Marriage and Family Counseling in 2010. What he enjoys most about his current position is working closely with young people to help them achieve their goals and become successful young adults.
Michelle VonLehmden, Specialist
Michelle has worked for the OhioMeansJobs Youth program since August of 2018. She primarily focuses on the intake process as well as following up with participants once they have exited the program. Prior to joining the YEP team, Michelle has worked in different areas of prevention for over 15 years.