Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that ¡YouthWorks! in Santa Fe is receiving a $1.1 million YouthBuild grant through the Department of Labor. YouthBuild organizations provide classroom instruction and occupational skills training in construction and other in-demand occupations to 16-24 year-olds who have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or are otherwise at risk of failing to reach key educational and career milestones.
“¡YouthWorks! is doing tremendous work in Santa Fe, giving young people an opportunity to work hard and learn the skills they need to get ahead,” Congressman Luján said. “This important federal grant will help ¡YouthWorks! continue to provide guidance in the classroom, along with a focus on leadership development that gives a second chance for youth who are determined to make a brighter future for themselves and their community. With a focus on energy efficiency and alternative energy, the curriculum at ¡YouthWorks! combined with hands on experience encourages its students to contribute to this growing sector that will be an integral part of New Mexico’s economy for years to come.”
¡YouthWorks! is one of 72 YouthBuild programs across the country receiving $76 million in grants ranging from $700,000 to $1.1 million.