SUSLA awarded $1 million U.S. Dept. of Labor YouthBuild grant - Wednesday, August 6, 2014
University Shreveport (SUSLA) is among 71 programs across 31 states,
the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to receive one of
the U.S. Department of Labor’s $73.6 million in YouthBuild grants to
support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth.
of three Louisiana awardees, SUSLA will receive $1,075,000. Northshore
Technical Community College, based in Bogalusa, will receive $948,905,
and St. James Parish Government and Department of Human Resources in
Convent will receive $900,000.
SUSLA Chancellor Ray Belton said,
in a press release from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La), "SUSLA is
very excited to have been awarded the YouthBuild Shreveport grant that
will support the enhancement of our community in North Shreveport. We
look forward to working with our partners to create positive pathways to
self-sufficiency and instill a sense of neighborhood responsibility to
the youth of the Martin Luther King, Jr. community."
range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will help
approximately 4,800 young people obtain the certifications and skills
necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the programs
receiving funding today, the Labor Department now actively funds 322
YouthBuild programs around the country.
The YouthBuild program
aligns with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and
job-driven training agenda by promoting a "stepping stone” approach that
provides a seamless progression from education to work-based training
and results in good paying jobs for young adults. The community-based
nature of these grants ensures that services are provided where they are
needed most and are intended to reach the hardest to serve youth.
Read U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's release here (www.landrieu.senate.gov).
Read U.S. Department of Labor release here (www.dol.gov).