The Urban League of Rochester has received a $520,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide career readiness training for at-risk and court-involved high school students interested in careers in public safety and law.
The Rochester nonprofit was one of six around the nation chosen to receive funding for new pilot projects, which will help youth between the ages of 16 to 21 gain skills to serve their communities in justice careers. Participants will be paired with mentors who work as police officers, firefighters, lawyers, and paramedics.
These grants will provide students with exposure to the world of work, mentoring to encourage students to complete their high school diploma or equivalency, and supportive services like transportation and books. This is the second set of grants awarded for this initiative, which was first announced in April 2016.
“Preparing our youth for the challenges and opportunities of the future is our foremost duty as a nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will help our youth lead better lives and put them on a pathway toward fulfilling careers of service.”
Only one other nonprofit in New York State was selected for the grant funding. That is the Workforce Development Board of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties.
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