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Himes Announces Over $600K for Job Training and Diploma Program for At-Risk Bridgeport Youth

June 18, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Himes (CT-04) today announced a $604,846 grant to The WorkPlace, Inc. to fund their YouthBuild Bridgeport program, which assists at-risk, out-of-school youth obtain their diplomas or GEDs while providing vocational training in the construction industry. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant was awarded through the Department of Labor.

“YouthBuild will provide education and job training opportunities for the kids who need them most,” said Congressman Himes. “Giving at-risk youth this type of support gives them the chance at success they deserve, provides local businesses with a skilled workforce, and helps keep communities safe. Congratulations to the fine people of The WorkPlace, Inc.”

The WorkPlace, Inc.’s YouthBuild Bridgeport will target sixty 17-to-24 year-olds over a three-year period. A partnership that includes the Bridgeport School System Adult Education Division, Carpenter’s Union Local 210, Home Builders Institute, Bridgeport Police Department Division of Community Service, and the City of Bridgeport Housing Authority will support YouthBuild.  The WorkPlace, Inc. will administer and lead the program.

“We are thrilled to be part of the national YouthBuild initiative and to be able to invest these resources to help at-risk youth in Bridgeport build better futures,” said Joe Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace, Inc. “A huge thanks to Congressman Jim Himes for his support for the Recovery Act and this important project.”