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

  • Income eligible

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 to your county OhioMeansJobs center or Jobs and Family Services

Path application.pdf

Do I need a work permit to work?

If you are age 14 or 15 on the start date of your employment, you will need to obtain a work permit application from your case manager. After this, you will work with your case manager and follow the provided steps to become eligible for services. Generally speaking, if you are under 18 and attending school, you will need a work permit.

Where can I work?

PATH offers employment through its connections with numerous local businesses who 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.

Can I work during the school year?

PATH does not offer employment services to youth in school during the school year (participants are welcome to get jobs on their own). During the school year, we encourage in-school program participants to devote their full attention to their education, and support these goals through our Incentives program. This program financially rewards students for good academic performance and attendance (see here for more details.)

Do you pay for Driver's Ed?

Yes. After completing a PATH Money Smart class, you are eligible for assistance with fees for your learner's permit, driver's ed courses, and driver's license.

Do you help with gas money?

Yes. In certain cases, we are able to assist with mileage reimbursement to and from training and college.

Do you help pay for college?

Yes. In certain cases, we are able to assist PATH participants with up to two years of post-secondary education, textbooks and other materials.

So what's the catch?

Absolutely nothing. PATH is a state-funded and grant-funded program purposed with economic improvement through better preparation of youth for the workforce. The only thing that PATH requests in return from program participants is a commitment to remain in close contact with your case manager; no more than one month between contacts for participants under 18/two weeks between contacts for participants 18 and over, and any time that a change in personal circumstances would alter your ability to continue your current participation plan.

I'm over 18 and I can't find a job or don't know how to find one. What can you do to help me?

For PATH participants ages 18 or above, we offer assistance with job searches, resumés, and in certain cases PATH can place adult participants on a temporary job site.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Keep in contact 2 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

  • Provide us with grade cards and/or Diploma

  • Provide us with check stubs

  • Create an OhioMeansJobs Backpack

  • Complete a basic needs assessment

  • Complete Re-determination application every 6 months to re-determine eligibility. ​