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Upton Announces YouthBuild Grant for Benton Harbor

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Washington, January 30, 2019 | Joan Hillebrands (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced the Benton Harbor’s YouthBuild program has been awarded $989,508 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

“This is good news for the Benton Harbor’s YouthBuild program. This program – the oldest of its kind in Michigan – provides our students with the real world skills to succeed in today’s economy - and specifically right here at home in Southwest Michigan,” said Upton. “Benton Harbor’s program has an incredible record of success over the last eight years and this grant will ensure the good work continues.”  

“We appreciate Congressman Upton’s support for this important project in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties,” said Al Pscholka, VP of Public Relations and Government Affairs at Kinexus. “We look forward to rebuilding the talent pipeline in construction trades that are in high demand in Southwest Michigan and experiencing a shortage. This program is a key cog in rebuilding that pipeline and setting up these students for success.”

YouthBuild is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, gain experience for in-demand occupations, and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.

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