Yonkers officials announced today that the city has received $300,000 in grants from the NY Youth Works program, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers recently created. The money will help fund training and placement of about 200 residents 16 to 24 who are unemployed. The program is providing $62 million for job-training programs and $25 million in tax credits for businesses that hire young, unemployed people in inner cities.
“With our current economic times, programs and funds such as these provide for our young people who have struggled in finding meaningful employment and opportunities,” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said in a statement. “These programs assist Yonkers’ commitment in building the foundational skills needed for our youth to succeed in their future.”
The Yonkers Workforce Improvement Board received three separate grants from NY Youth Works:
—$50,000 to serve 80 people who are job ready and require help in finding employment and to provide a placement stipend.
—$49,000 to serve 25 people who are not job ready and need training in readiness and occupational skills. The grant will provide a training stipend and job-placement stipend after a participant is placed in a job.
—$198,100 to serve 95 young people by providing job-readiness and occupational training and stipends to cover child care and other needs, such as transportation and clothing, during the employment/training transition period.
The first two grants run through Sept. 26 and the third is through March 26, 2013.
The goal of the NY Youth Works program is to reduce high unemployment rates for low-income youth in the state’s cities. Other local cities who are receiving grants are Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.
People interested in the NY Works Program can call the state Department of Labor at 877-226-5724 or visit a local One-Stop Career Center.