PATH is a collection of services for local youth and young adults, ages 14-24, residing in Adams or Brown Counties, Ohio. We help those who face barriers to acquiring work experience, attaining stable employment, or obtaining the resources necessary for their post-secondary educational goals. If this sounds like you or someone you know, keep reading or contact us to learn more about membership. PATH changes lives!

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PATH Services

PATH provides various services to address our participants' needs to achieve career success. Our goal is to prepare participants for in-demand careers through whatever difficulties they may find themselves in. As all participants have different needs, our career specialists work with the youth to provide the services that can best help them find success. Below are only a sample of the services we provide. Participants are encouraged to keep an open dialogue with their case manager to address their needs.

  • Our Paid Work Experience program places participants at local job sites to acquire basic job skills and experience that will help them qualify for future jobs. This program is open to middle or high school students only during summer break. Students not attending school may participate year-round.

  • PATH provides Cash Incentives for achieving milestones or maintaining academic excellence during the school year. These incentives include earning your driver's license, maintaining a 3.0 GPA, and attending our Money Smart class.

  • PATH can pay for Driver's Education courses in addition to compensation for driver's examination and temporary and permanent licensing fees.

  • PATH career specialists and OhioMeansJobs center staff can help PATH participants create their first Resume or update an existing resume to emphasize their best skills, experience, and qualifications.

  • PATH can pay for a variety of work or school-related expenses. Whether it’s a cap and gown for graduation, clothes for work, or license fees, PATH has you covered!

  • Participants attending Two-Year Programs that lead to in-demand careers, including HVAC, STNA, or CDL, can have their tuition and other required education expenses paid for by the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get on the program? ​What are the requirements?

The most important requirements for eligibility are that you must be:

  • Between ages 14-24

  • A resident of Adams or Brown Counties

  • Meet eligibility guidelines for our grants (may include income, location, or other situational requirements)

To apply for the program, you can:

  • Visit your local Department of Job and Family Services office and request a PATH application

  • Visit your local OhioMeansJobs center

  • Download, print, and complete the PATH application and return it to your county OhioMeansJobs center or Jobs and Family Services

Do I need a work permit to work?

Generally speaking, you will need a work permit if you are under 18 and attending school. Obtain a work permit application from your case manager. After this, you will work with your case manager and follow the steps to become eligible for services.

Where can I work?

PATH offers employment through its connections with numerous local businesses that love working with local youth to help them develop soft occupational skills. Your job placement will correspond to your personal transportation needs, place of residency, and initial skill and interest evaluations.

Do you help with gas money?

In certain cases, we can assist with mileage reimbursement to and from training and college. We do not offer mileage reimbursement to attend high school classes.

Why does my case manager ask for pay stubs/report cards/certificates/etc?

PATH is a government-funded program that relies on the success of our participants to ensure its funding. So if you are a current participant or in the follow-up portion of services -- we need to show YOUR SUCCESS! Please help by providing documents when asked; the future of our program and the ability to help others depends on it.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Keep in contact two times each month or more if requested- phone, email, text, or mailing letter

  • Taking a WRAT4 (Wide Range Achievement Test) or TABE test (Test for Adult Basic Education) or Work Keys on OhioMeansJobs.com during the assessment process

  • Complete 20 hours of activities per week

    • High school or College

    • Drivers education

    • Assigned activities on OhioMeansJobs

    • Employment- Either paid or unpaid

  • After completion of the program, there will be 12 months of follow up

  • Please provide us with grade cards or Diploma

  • Please provide us with check stubs

  • Create an OhioMeansJobs Backpack

  • Complete a basic needs assessment

  • Complete the Re-determination application every six months to re-determine eligibility. ​