LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Many East Texans are struggling to find work, but what about their children?
For some teenagers, the job hunt is harder than expected.
Whitney Linley is only 16-years-old, and working at a lawyer's office.
"I love this job," said Linley, who was accepted into the Work Force Solutions Summer Youth program. Now she gets to put her skills to the test.
"I don't take it for granted. I believe I was blessed to be here," said Linley.
"Our program can provide them with great jobs said youth career specialist, Betty Coutee.
Another success story is 2009 program graduate Bre'anna Ross. She's been working as a receptionist at the Haglund Law Firm for the past year.
"Sometimes we can't find the proper jobs that we need so going through this program definitely has helped," said Ross.
"It's hard to find a job at 16-years-old. Even at 17 and 18-years-old in this economical situation. So it's such a blessing to be able to have this program that we can serve our kids in this community," said Coutee.
Some search for jobs without any help, and say it's not easy.
"They want to see that you have job experience and you won't move off on them but Chick Fil-A was willing to take a new person like me," said Chris Simmons, who says this is his first job.
Stephanie Slemmons appreciates a job that accommodates her busy schedule.
"It's really hard to find a job right now. A lot of people aren't hiring especially, looking for a part time job. I'm trying to work around a school schedule and a work schedule," said Slemmons.
It may be tough out there but they say, don't give up.
"I just want to encourage all the youth to just get out and go. And you know go through the Work Force if you're looking for a job," said Ross.
"Just keep looking for any kind of job. Any odd job, or mowing yards, any opportunity you have to find one, and it will eventually pop up," said Simmons.
It's too late this summer, but Workforce Solutions encourages 16 to 24-year-olds to take advantage of their summer youth program next year.
But apply early—there is a high number of applicants.