New York State awarded $2.5 million to programs located in Syracuse and Albany whose goals are to help at-risk-youth.
Non-profit organizations that work with ages 16 to 24, who support workforce training and aid in enhancing skills needed to graduate and get a job will be the recipients.
The funding will be awarded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by the New York State Department of Labor. Constructive community engagement is designed to decrease youth delinquency.The fact is youth are lagging in overall job participation rates and combining this with a lack of opportunities, leads to higher rates of gang recruitment. The funding is aimed to combat this negative theme.