ALBANY – New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul announced last week $46 million in aid to counties across the state for the ‘Summer Youth Employment Program,’ with allotments coming to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.

The Summer Youth Employment Program is administered by the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and introduces young people from low-income families into the labor market so they can develop useful skills that will help them improve school performance and grow into young adults.

Participants work in entry-level jobs at places such as parks, nursing homes, summer camps, childcare organizations, senior citizen centers and community recreation centers.

To be eligible for the summer program, participants must range in age from 14 to 20 and have a household income below 200 percent of the federal level of poverty, or earn $46,060 or less of income for a family of three.

Chautauqua County is expected to receive $409,747 in aid, and Cattaraugus County will receive $268,058. All counties in New York state were rewarded aid for the program.