YONKERS, NY – June 12, 2012 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced the New York State Department of Labor awarded the Yonkers Workforce Investment Board (WIB) nearly $297,600 in grants for use in youth work training and placement of approximately 200 unemployed Yonkers youth aged 16 to 24. The New York Youth Works program provides $25 million in tax credits throughout New York State to benefit employers that hire unemployed youth within the next year, with the ultimate goal of permanent, unsubsidized employment.
Under the new program, the Yonkers WIB was awarded three separate grants:
- T1 Grant: Targets youth that are job ready and require assistance in finding employment and providing placement stipend; serving 80 youths
- Total: $50,000 (March 26, 2012 – September 26, 2012)
- T2 Grant: Targets youth that are not job ready and require readiness/occupational skills, training stipend and job placement stipend upon placement in employment; serving 25 youths
- Total: $49,500 (March 26, 2012 – September 26, 2012)
- T3 Grant: Targets youth providing job readiness and occupational training along with stipends to cover childcare or other needs (transportation, clothing, etc.) during the employment/training transition period; serving 95 youths
- Total: $198,100 (March 26, 2012 – March 26, 2013)
“We thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of Labor for recognizing the needs of Yonkers youth,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “With our current economic times, programs and funds such as these provide for our young people who have struggled in finding meaningful employment and opportunities. These programs assist Yonkers’ commitment in building the foundational skills needed for our youth to succeed in their future.”
Yonkers WIB Director Carlos Moran added, “These state funds will enable the WIB to provide the skills and training necessary for employment and potentially long-term careers for our youth, resulting in both economic growth and local competitiveness.”
The grants were awarded as a result of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY Youth Works program, an inner city youth employment program that will combat high unemployment in the state’s metro areas. The new law includes $25 million in tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed and disadvantaged youth and $62 million to support job training programs. The $25 million tax credits mentioned and the $62 million job training programs support is meant to be disbursed throughout New York State. WestHab will provide Job training.