The Ali Forney Center, Hetrick-Martin Institute & NYC LGBT Center has been awarded a grant of one million dollars for 18 months to assist homeless LGBT youth with prior involvement in the criminal justice system to acquire education, job training assistance & job placement. The Governor’s office was informed about the need for these services in 2012 through the efforts of the Pride Agenda & the Campaign for Youth Shelter. Alphonso David, Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights for New York State stated, "This grant program, which provides vital job readiness training to help formerly-incarcerated youth adults get back on their feet, is another testament to Governor Andrew Cuomo's strong commitment to ensure that the most disadvantaged members of our communities actively participate in state's growing economy. Partnerships between the state & community based organizations, such as the Ali Forney Center, HMI, ESPA, & the LGBT Center, can make a difference in a young person's life. Getting a job is a critical step in putting people back on the path to being productive, contributing members of their community." The program will help young adult ex-offenders to gain the skills necessary to become productive employees or to successfully pursue post-secondary education. Services provided via this funding include: extensive stabilization and support services; work readiness training; General Educational Development (GED/high school diploma preparation); service-learning opportunities; & occupational training leading to an industry-recognized credential or enrollment into post-secondary education. The program is expected to begin August 1, 2013 & end on January 31, 2015.
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