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YouthBuild Newark receives more than $400,000 in Federal Recovery Act funds

YouthBuild Newark students will be put to work with funding from President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. PHOTO BY AKINTOLA HANIF

YouthBuild Newark was one of four New Jersey YouthBuild programs to receive a total of $1.6 million under President Obama’s stimulus package, which was signed into law in February.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) would award the funds as part of Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, designed to help create jobs during the recession.

“The YouthBuild program provides young adults in New Jersey with the opportunity to further improve their education while learning valuable job skills and providing meaningful services in their neighborhoods,” Lautenberg stated in a press release from his office.

YouthBuild Newark received $412,500 under the program. Isle Inc. in Trenton also received that amount. Two organizations that run YouthBuild programs received $400,000: New Jersey Community Development Corporation in Paterson and the Housing Authority of the City of Camden.

For more information, read the press release on Launterberg’s website here.