Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $2.4 Million For Newark & Trenton Youth Centers

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $2.4 Million For Newark & Trenton Youth Centers

Grants to offer educational opportunities to youth involved in juvenile justice system

Washington - Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor will award two youth organizations in New Jersey with more than $2.4 million in federal funds to provide education and training for at-risk youth.

"Investing in programs that provide our youth with education and job training have a significant impact on curbing and preventing juvenile crime," said Menendez. "Communities in Trenton and Newark stand to benefit from these grants, because when we develop our youth with constructive activities and mentorship, our neighborhoods are safer and our youth have a chance for a better future."

"Education and career training provide at-risk youth with better opportunities for successful futures," said Lautenberg. "I support these organizations' efforts to give our youth a second chance to graduate from high school, and a chance to gain skills for future employment. These grants will help improve the lives of these kids and the communities around them."

Sixteen organizations nationwide were awarded $20 million by the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The funds are to be used to offer career training, alternative education and apprenticeships to youth who have faced the criminal justice system or who may face it in the future.

The two New Jersey organizations will receive $2,411,691 in federal funding to implement their education and career training programs. The organizations to be awarded these grants are:

· YouthBuild Newark, Inc. ($1,775,040); and

· Isles, Inc. in Trenton ($636,951).

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