U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) is making it a little more fun at the YMCA.
He announced last week that he helped secure a $1 million federal grant for a program at the Flushing YMCA.
The money will fund the YMCA’s YouthBuild initiative, which provides educational training and job skills to at-risk Queens youth.
The U.S. Department of Labor grant was provided in part because of a letter Ackerman wrote in January to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis voicing his support of the program.
The program helps at-risk 16- to 24-year-olds earn their high school diplomas or GEDs and trains them for jobs in the construction industry by providing them with real work experience building and renovating homes. The homes are then sold as affordable housing to low-income and homeless people.
The $1 million injection will allow the program at the YMCA, at 138-46 Northern Blvd., to continue for 70 men and women over the next two years.
“This critical grant will play a key role in putting at-risk youth in Queens on the path to success,” Ackerman said in a statement.
— Connor Adams Sheets
©2011 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.