YouthBuild lands $1.1M federal grant

YouthBuild Providence, a community organization that readies at-risk youth for the workforce, has received $1.1 million in federal funding, the office of Sen. Jack Reed announced Monday. More

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YouthBuild lands $1.1M federal grant

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SEN. JACK REED addresses students and trainees from YouthBuild Providence at the YouthBuild Technical Training Center on Manton Avenue in Providence. Reed announced Monday that YouthBuild Providence has received a $1.1 million federal grant.
Posted 7/1/13

PROVIDENCE – YouthBuild Providence, a community organization that readies at-risk youth for the workforce, has received $1.1 million in federal funding, the office of Sen. Jack Reed announced Monday.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will be paired with roughly $760,000 in leveraging and matching, and it will primarily fund the training and work of 64 YouthBuild participants over the course of two years.

YouthBuild, a component of the Providence Plan, offers 18 to 24-year-olds who dropped out of high school the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or GED while working on public housing and other construction projects. The work enables them to move onto college or into the workforce with a set of industry credentials.

YouthBuild’s high school diploma program is a new partnership with the Providence Public School District, so the grant “comes at an ideal time,” Patrick McGuigan, executive director of the Providence Plan, said in a statement.

Reed and Mayor Angel Taveras announced the grant at a visit Monday to the YouthBuild construction training site.

“This is truly a model program that makes a real difference for young people and strengthens Rhode Island’s workforce,” Reed said in a statement. “This federal investment will help YouthBuild Providence expand its reach.” Reed sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees Labor Department federal funding.

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