(WFXR) — New grants for the U.S. Department of Labor are helping young people learn occupational skills as part of the YouthBuild grants totaling $89 million for individuals ages 16 to 24.
The money will help those who have neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market.
The grant funding was given to Goodwill Industries of the Valleys and the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium Board. These organizations will use the money to provide academic skills, life skills, and training for in-demand occupations. Youth will also have a chance to achieve a high school diploma or GED along with helping them gain employment or post-secondary education.
“We are very excited about this opportunity to provide academic and life skills training to 64 youth in the Roanoke community,” stated Stephanie Hoer, Vice President of Mission Services for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. “The partnership and collaboration with local Roanoke community organizations will help these youth become job or college-ready and place them on a path to a career. We will work with our colleagues in the New River-Mount Rogers area to share best practices and to have a true impact on youth in Western Virginia.”
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys was awarded with $1,199,000 for the Roanoke Valley areas. The organization will help 64 youths. The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium was awarded $1,500,000 for 13 southwest Virginia counties. This money will help 90 youths.
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys received $1,199,000 for the Roanoke Valley area. The New River-Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Area Consortium received $1,500,000 for 13 southwest Virginia counties included in the New River Valley (NRV) and Mount Rogers Planning Districts.
“This is such a great opportunity to have YouthBuild come to the region! In our Pathways to Youth Opportunities project we opted for the “Construction Plus” YouthBuild Program, which will allow youth that participate in the project to explore and choose many career paths once they’ve completed time on the worksites,” stated Marty Holliday, Executive Director of the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Area Consortium Board. “We have a long-standing relationship with Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Inc. and the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board, and it’s amazing both areas received this grant. We look forward to being able to support and learn from each other as we plan and implement our respective projects.”
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