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Lautenberg, Menendez Announce $1.6 Million in Recovery Act Funds for NJ Job Training, Education Programs
YouthBuild Programs in Paterson, Camden, Trenton, Newark will Receive Grant FundingLautenberg Press Office (202) 224-3224
Thursday, July 15, 2010WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that a total of $1.6 million will be awarded to four YouthBuild programs in New Jersey to provide job and educational training for at-risk youth and low-income young adults. The funds will be distributed by the Department of Labor as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law by President Obama in February 2009.
“The YouthBuild program provides young adults in New Jersey with the opportunity to further improve their education while learning valuable job skills and providing meaningful services in their neighborhoods,” said Lautenberg, who as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee helped write the Recovery Act. “The skills, training and education provided by these programs will not only help individuals succeed, they will also strengthen our communities.”
“This investment will not only help youths who have fallen astray get back on track, it will help them to take part in rebuilding our economy and to emerge as the community leaders of tomorrow,” said Menendez. “It is an investment in our state’s social and economic future.”
In total, the four organizations will receive $1,625,800 in federal funding to run these programs. The organizations to be awarded these grants are:
• Isles Inc in Trenton - $412,500.
• YouthBuild Newark Inc. in Newark - $412,500.
• New Jersey Community Development Corporation in Paterson - $400,400.
• Housing Authority of the City of Camden in Camden - $400,400.
YouthBuild programs help young adults acquire their high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certification while also cultivating job skills by building and renovating affordable housing within their communities. Participants in the YouthBuild program include those who have been in the juvenile justice system, youth aging out of foster care, high school dropouts and others.