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Grants to bolster San Antonio jobs

Friday, December 30th, 2016

A number of career grants are going to help at-risk youth with San Antonio jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded an additional $5.5 million to help youth between the ages of 16 to 21 who are at risk of dropping out of public or alternative high school gain skills to serve their communities in justice careers.

Six non-profit organizations received funding for pilot programs that provide at risk youth mentoring and career exploration in justice and emergency services, including police officers, firefighters, lawyers, and paramedics. This is the second set of grants awarded for this initiative, which was first announced in April 2016.

The goal of these projects is for students to graduate from high school prepared to enter the workforce, post-secondary education or a registered apprenticeship.

These grants will provide students: 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 to sustain their involvement in the program and in school.

The students will be mentored by justice and emergency services personnel, including judges, attorneys, sociologists, and forensic scientists.

“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. “Regardless of their circumstances, every child in America deserves the chance to aspire toward their highest and best dreams. These grants will help our youth lead better lives and put them on a pathway toward fulfilling careers of service.”