Boosting At-Risk Young Adults’ Potential

Workforce Center Awarded Federal YouthBuild Grant

U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez presents St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development Center with YouthBuild grant to help at-risk young adults. Also pictured are: Larry Rothchild, dir. of St. Nicks Alliance’s Workforce Development (left of Velázquez); Michael Rochford, exec. dir. St. Nicks Alliance and Jose Leon, dep. exec. dir. St. Nicks Alliance (l to r at right edge of check). Photo Credit: St. Nicks Alliance

84 at-risk young adults (16–24-years old) will receive apprenticeship and career pathway opportunities for jobs in construction and other in-demand industries. This support is due to St. Nicks Alliance receiving a $1.5M grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, which was presented by U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez on May 24.

“Youth selected to participate will split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their high school equivalency diploma, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college and other postsecondary training opportunities. YouthBuild provides significant support systems, such as mentoring, follow-up on education, employment, and personal counseling, and participation in community service and civic engagement,” said Larry Rothchild, dir. of St. Nicks Alliance’s Workforce Development.

The construction training will prepare young adults for green construction employment; it provides hands-on training and key industry recognized certifications: OSHA 30, flagger, scaffolding user, 10-hour site safety, and first aid certifications; an optional fire guard F-60 is available. The Construction Plus Training focuses on the Healthcare sector and participants will be trained as certified nurse assistant (CNA), patient care technician (PCT), and/or EKG-phlebotomy technician. Participants will also receive 175-hours of paid clinical internship.

St. Nicks Alliance’s YouthBuild is a partnership with the NYC Department of Education District 79, Solar One, NY Safety & Training, Access Careers, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull Hospital, St. Nicks Alliance Affordable Housing, St. Nicks Alliance Home Care, 1199 SEIU, LECET, and the Carpenters Union.

Author: The Greenline

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