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Indiana Department of Workforce Development

YHCC > Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How many positions are available?

Answer: Approximately 2,000 young Hoosiers will be hired.

Question: What are the requirements to qualify?

Answer: Due to federal requirements, these jobs are limited to Hoosiers between the ages of 18-24, from low-income family ($23,239 annual income for a family of four). Preference will be given to veterans and participants in the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program. 
Youth with disabilities are considered to be a “family of one.”  This means when calculating your family income, you need only list YOUR income.  The income of your parents does not apply.
For additional information, please visit the Eligibility section. 

Question: How much will participants be paid and will they qualify for benefits?

Answer: These positions will pay $8.50 per hour. Some youth will be employed as supervisors/crew leaders. These positions will pay $9.50/hour. All positions are temporary and will not include benefits.

Question: How long will these positions last?

Answer: The YHCC will employ young Hoosiers for up to 16 weeks. Supervisors/crew leaders may be employed for up to 24 weeks. All positions will begin no earlier than May 3 and are scheduled to end October 2.

Question: Will this program extend beyond the summer?

Answer: This program will end in Fall 2010.

Question: What is the timeline for the application process, and who do I contact if I have questions?

Answer: YHCC jobs will be posted online with  There are 3 possible start dates for this program- May 3, May 17, and June 14. You may apply online until June 4, 2010. Once we have received your online application, a staff member from your local WorkOne office may contact you with additional questions regarding your program eligibility. You may then be contacted to schedule an interview with a DNR or INDOT supervisor. 
If you have additional questions regarding your application or the application process, please contact your local WorkOne office.

Question: What type of work do these jobs entail?

Answer: Participants working with DNR may revitalize historic buildings, create and rehabilitate trails and restore acres of natural habitat. Participants employed at INDOT facilities may work in road construction, emergency response activities and maintenance of traffic signs and pavement markers.

Question: How were the projects selected?

Answer: DNR and INDOT scoured its list of annual and special-needs projects to determine which projects could be preformed by a seasonal labor pool, provide excellent on-the-job training and be completed within current limits of the budget for labor and materials.

Question: Although there are no benefits on this job, what else will I learn while employed at YHCC?

Answer: Participants will work closely with their DNR and INDOT supervisor to learn effective workplace habits, such as attendance, teamwork, organization and respectfulness. Participants will also be given the opportunity to meet with their WorkOne coordinator to receive information on job search techniques, resume assistance, job fairs and education opportunities.

Question: Will accepting this position affect my unemployment?

Answer: You will NOT be able to collect Unemployment Insurance Benefits while working in one of these positions, but you could resume collecting benefits if you remain unemployed and your active claim is still valid. Any wages earned through YHCC will not count towards eligibility for unemployment.

Question: Will I be denied unemployment if I decline one of these jobs?

Answer: There is a VERY HIGH likelihood you will be denied unemployment benefits and forfeit the future benefits of your current claim if you decline a job offer.