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Butte workforce program aims to help youth

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BUTTE, Mont. - A program in Butte through Action Inc. is helping youth with things like on-the-job training and adult mentoring.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is aimed at ages 14 to 24.

Chris Leggett, 19, is a client. He dropped out of school when he was 16, after a move caused problems with his school transcripts.

"I came from Iowa, and they didn't send my transcripts, and they said if I came back to school they said I would be a freshman," said Leggett.

As a result he decided to drop out of high school without a degree or much job experience. Now Action Inc. hopes to help him change that.

"Our goal is for them to be provided the skills and the experience necessary to get a job and sustain that job," said Cassie O'Leary, with Action Inc.

O'Leary says Action Inc's youth program is currently helping 22 people across Montana.

"I want to go to college for carpentry, and I want to then own my own roofing business," said Leggett.

He has advice for others like him.

"The main thing I'd say to them is if you are serious about getting your life together go to Action Inc, and they will help you," he added.

Learn more about the program here.

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