Westchester County Receives Grant For Youth Programs
White Plains, NY - Westchester County has received $1.3 million in federal grant money to help economically disadvantaged youth in Yonkers, Peekskill and Mount Vernon.The money comes from two separate programs and is funneled to Westchester through the Westchester County One-Stop Employment Center. The programs, which will begin Jan. 13, are:
- Westchester Strive for the Future: $512,000 to serve Yonkers youth, 14 and older, who have been in trouble with the law;
- Youth Build: $829,000 in money to train older youth from Peekskill and Mount Vernon for jobs in the construction industry.
“We are very fortunate to have received two federal grants in our continuing effort to find funding other than local tax dollars to help meet the many needs of our county residents,” said County Executive Robert. P. Astorino. “These grants are significant and will let us serve at least 110 economically disadvantaged young people.”
Strive for the Future is a grant made possible by Strive National, a national umbrella organization that received $4 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to operate this program across the country. Westchester is one of seven communities nationwide receiving this award. The county grant will serve at least 50 youth in Yonkers, specifically in a high-crime area in the zip codes of 10701, 10702, 10703 10704 and 10710.
The Youth Build grant, also from the federal Department of Labor, will be used to train 60 youth in Peekskill and Mount Vernon in the building trades. The program will be run by local partners: Westcop and the City of Peekskill’s Youth Bureau. The youth in each project will be building or renovating residential property that is either being used or will be used for low income or homeless individuals