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NEWS BRIEF: Labor department youth program backed by Georgia reps in US Congress

Building skill sets and mindsets for success

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Photo credit: YouthBuild USA on Facebook
$193 million in funding for the upcoming fiscal year

The U.S. Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program is getting support from members of Georgia’s congressional delegation by way of $193 million in funding for the upcoming fiscal year, a June 30 press release stated. YouthBuild is described as “helping young people across the country build the skill sets and mindsets that lead to long-term professional and personal success.” The program mainly serves those without a high school diploma or financial resources.

The bipartisan effort was led by Georgia Congresswoman Nikema Williams (D) and Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon (R) with backing from Georgia Democrats Lucy McBath, Hank Johnson, Jr. and Sanford Bishop, as well as other members of Congress. “Young people have intellect, gifts and talents in equal measure, but they don’t have equal access to opportunity or the support they need to realize their goals, dreams, and aspirations,” said John Valverde, president of YouthBuild USA. “They do not need fixing — they need champions.” Details: youthbuild.org