MOUNT VERNON -- The United Methodist Children's Home has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Labor grant.
YouthBuild, which sponsored the grant, is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program providing class instruction and occupational skills training to youth ages 16 to 24 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.
“United Methodist Children’s Home offers a vital array of services for families and young people in Southern Illinois,” said U.S. Rep. Enyart, D-Belleville. “This award will allow them to focus on at risk youth by providing them the training, guidance and support to prepare them for successful employment.”
Illinois will receive a total of $3.3 million in federal funding to support the following YouthBuild programs: Emerson Park Development Corporation in East St. Louis, United Methodist Children’s Home in Mt. Vernon and YBMC Inc. in Normal will each receive grants of $1.1 million.
The grants range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 71 YouthBuild programs across 31 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They will help approximately 4,800 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the programs receiving funding today, the Labor Department now actively funds 322 YouthBuild programs around the country.