Gary Organization Receives Big Grant

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Anew Life Youth Development Corp. in Gary has been awarded a grant of more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funding will support the YouthBuild Gary program, which is designed to teach students professional skills while they earn their degree.

July 12, 2013

News Release

Gary, Ind. -- Congressman Visclosky announced that Anew Life Youth Development Corporation of Gary will receive $1,041,983 for its YouthBuild Gary program.

Anew Life Youth Development Corporation works with partners throughout Northwest Indiana to assist youths looking to build professional skills while earning their degree. According to Anew Life Youth Development Corporation Executive Director Pastor Marvin Davis, this grant will enable the organization to raise its profile and expand on its existing framework, which has developed over 20 years as the YouthBuild program presence in Gary.

Pastor Davis said, "We are proud to be selected for the 2013-2016 Department of Labor grant. This grant represents a confirmation of the trust and faith given to Anew Life Youth Development Corporation to address the holistic needs of youth in our community through YouthBuild Gary. This opportunity will allow the agency to build a stronger network of services for the YouthBuild Gary Program and allow 60 selected youth a great pathway to self-sufficiency."

Congressman Visclosky said, "Anew Life Youth Development Corporation deserves praise for its commitment to local youth and community development. Their good work makes a lifelong difference to participants, helping them cultivate vital professional skills, earn their GED or high school diploma, and improve their chances of getting a job later in life. I am grateful for the work that they continue to do on behalf of our area’s youth, and for all of their efforts to procure this important funding."

YouthBuild is a nonresidential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training. YouthBuild participants learn valuable job skills and work toward industry-recognized certifications in a variety of occupations. Students may earn AmeriCorps education awards through their homebuilding and other community service. At exit, they are placed in college, jobs, or both.

Source: Office of Congressman Pete Visclosky