Sen. Brown Announces $1.1 Million in New Federal Resources to Provide Academic and Job Skills Training for Vinton County At-risk Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that Sojourners Care Network in McArthur was awarded $1,100,000 to provide academic and job skills training for at-risk youth by the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) YouthBuild program.

YouthBuild is an alternative education program for students between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or have other risk factors that could prevent them from reaching key educational and career milestones. Through the academic component of the program, students earn high school diplomas, general education development (GED) certifications, or other equivalency diplomas. YouthBuild’s occupational training component allows participants to earn certifications for in-demand occupations, including construction and healthcare and information technology.

“Helping young people get a foothold in the workforce is critical to Ohio’s long-term success. We must pay special attention to at-risk youth and ensure they have the opportunity to get a good education and the job skills they need to succeed,” Brown said. “This funding will help Sojourners Care Network continue its important work throughout southern and eastern Ohio.”

Sojourners Care Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating positive development opportunities for youth in Appalachian Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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