Three Louisiana programs receive $2.9 million in YouthBuild grants
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of more than $2.9 million in YouthBuild grants to three Louisiana YouthBuild programs that support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. Northshore Technical Community College, based in Bogalusa, will receive $948,905, while Southern University at Shreveport will receive $1,075,000 and St. James Parish Government and Department of Human Resources in Convent will receive $900,000. The three awards were among approximately 71 grants—totaling $73.6 million—issued to fund YouthBuild programs across 31 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are intended to help approximately 4,800 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the 71 programs receiving funding today, the Labor Department now actively funds 322 YouthBuild programs around the country. The YouthBuild program aligns with President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative and job-driven training agenda by promoting a "stepping stone" approach that provides a seamless progression from education to work-based training, according to a press release. Read the full release.
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