GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Climb Community Development Corporation (CLIMB CDC) with a three year federal YouthBuild grant. The organization is one of 71 agencies nationwide to receive a combined $73 million to fund programs that serve disadvantaged youth.
"This program provides out-of-school youth in our community with the opportunity to improve their educational skills and gain valuable, market-driven employment skills in the construction, culinary and hospitality fields," said Lori West, CLIMB CDC CEO. "Though these individuals have experienced serious obstacles in their lives, I've discovered over the past eight years that this program provides young men and women with a unique opportunity to become employable, exhibit personal leadership and become self-reliant as individuals and contributing members of our community."
The grant money will go towards funding CLIMB CDC's Workforce Training Institute. The nine month program will help 32 students per year obtain their GED or high school diplomas, improve reading and math skills and earn nationally recognized certifications.
The YouthBuild program also provides life skills and employment readiness training including resume preparation and interview skills.